To everything there is a season…

So I was standing in my kitchen this morning and decided to clean out a pot that I had planted a small mint plant in last summer.

When I first planted it the little mint was happy in the big kitchen window but as autumn approached it started to die. I tried everything I could think of to keep it alive and happy but in the end I gave up and took the pot out of the window.

With spring here I decided to try again. Now, I have never been good with plants but I love having them in my house. Imagine my complete surprise when I took the pot out again to find that not only had the little mint plant not died, it had also started sprouting more shoots than it had last year and they smelled so much sweeter.

Looking at the tiny plant made me think about life. Even though it had been in a dark place for the last few months the little plant didn’t give up on sprouting new shoots, even when I had given up on it.

No matter how dark your life is, don’t give up. Even if everyone around you has. You just have to remember that the light will come again and you have to be ready for it.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Hraunfossar – Iceland

This beautiful waterfall is one of the most breathtaking sights I have ever had the honor of seeing.  The name, Hraunfoss, means Lava Falls and as you walks along the river you can clearly see the edge of the lava field where this waterfall is located. It was formed from a volcanic eruption that took place under the glacier Langjökull.

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Take a step back

Sometimes we live for the thrill, or we strive to find excitement in everything. But have you ever taken a moment to enjoy the stillness that life sometimes presents?

I don’t do this enough and it’s not for lack of trying. I suppose when you’re a full-time working mom/wife, an aspiring author and photographer, and you throw building your first house all into one life at the same time it makes sense that there is very little downtime.

The best way to tune out the world is to look at some of the pictures of the peaceful moments that I’ve taken over the last year or so. I know there are some people that don’t understand when you take a picture of a peaceful moment however I feel that when life gets crazy having these pictures to look back on give you a gentle reminder of what life is really all about.

Take a step back from the rush of life and enjoy the peaceful moments.

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via Daily Prompt: Rush

My life…

Today is the day. I will get the house cleaned. I start gathering up the toys first only to pause when the cat windes between my legs. I reach down and stroke her head. She wines and trots off in the direction of her food bowl. “Fine, I’ll feed you first.”

Once she’s fed I take a breath and get back to picking up scattered toys. After several minutes they’re all back where they belong and I head to the kitchen with the dirty cups I’ve found in the toy box. How can one child use so many cups in one day?

Speaking of, why haven’t I heard her? I turn and move from room to room. Finally I find her, sitting in her toy box, her toys scattered all around. I sigh causing her to look up and realise I’m standing there. She smiles and lets out a squeal as she tips the toy box over and send more toys flying.

But that little face looking up at me, how can I stay angry at her? The truth is I can’t. One smile and a little “I love you mommy” and my heart melts.

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How to win

Growing up I was taught that no matter what you do in life there could be two outcomes. Either you win or you lose.

Now I’m not great at sports but I tried a few different ones through out my formitive years anyways and the one lesson that they all taught me, besides getting hit in the face with any type of ball really hurts, is you learn more from loosing than you do from winning.

I am awful at sports. I am by far the least athletic person you could every meet. But I love the feeling of being part of a team, the comradery of it all. The key thing with team sports is good sportsmanship. This is something I see less and less everyday. Now childrens sports aren’t win or lose, they’re first winner and second winner. Or, no, I guess they are all winners?

I don’t know. Maybe its just me but I think that things like sports should be about more than just winning. I can tell you now I am not always the winner in my life and if I hadn’t learned how to gracefully lose my life would be much harder.

I suppose what I’m getting at is the best way to be the winner everytime is to know when your beaten, accept it and move on. There will be other battles in life that you will win, don’t sweat the losses. Just be sure you learn from them.

Breaking the cycle

When I hear the word frigid I go back to my childhood and my uninterested father. There was never a time when I felt like he cared at all. That may not have been the case but he spent my entire childhood working away from home. Now that I’m a parent I understand this even less than I did as a child. Unfortunately this is something that I see more and more children having to deal with every day.

So many people today are worried about what is happening in the world but I find myself wondering if those same people stop and think even once about our children? When we spend all our time trying to make the world a better place or righting all the wrongs we often forget that they need our attention and love.

I catch myself doing this far more than I would like to admit and most of the time it’s completely unintentional. Sometimes we just get so caught up with our lives that we forget why we are doing the things that are taking up our time. It is in those moments that we need to take a break and do the most simple thing imaginable. Talk to our children.

It is such a simple thing, the only thing I truly wish I would’ve had with my father growing up. Just a short conversation about what was going on in my life, something simply to let me know that no matter how busy he was I was important to him.

Since having my daughter I have strived to spend as much time with her as I can; just being with her and letting her know that she can always come talk to me. I feel that is the best way to ensure that she has a better future. That being said, I am going to do whatever it takes to make sure she has a great childhood but I believe that truly starts with having loving parents that are supportive and are willing to keep open communication with their children.

In a society that is so focused on themselves to the point of being apathetic let’s endeavor to break the cycle. It will not only benefit our children but you may just find yourself growing in ways you didn’t know you could.

via Daily Prompt: Frigid