Hi Blog Friends–
I don’t know if you’ve noticed I’ve absent around here. It’s been a complicated month, but I think we’re out of the woods–a medical blip, so many surgeries and people to care for. It’s been a good chance to stop and think through how to spend my days.
“I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.” – John Burroughs
We have a friend, John, who decided to count his days. Literally, he figured the lifetime average age for men and counted how many days he had potentially left to live. He filled a large jar with pebbles the matched the number of his remaining days, and then each morning he takes out a pebble to remind himself to use his days well. You might think it sounds morbid, but I love the idea– a real reminder to value each day and to use it wisely.
I’ve been thinking about days. At this point in life, there is so so much I want to do still. And there are a long list of people that I want to take care of, quilts to sew up for the family, a garden to tend, meals to share with friends, books to read, times to sit quiet before God…
So I’m happily back to blogging, keeping my little online scrapbook, but will do it just about once or twice a week. Hopefully that will help me fill my days well, like our friend John.
I love what my favorite blogger Shannon Martin wrote about why she blogs:
“It was to remember. To memorialize the days that might all bleed into each other, if I let them. It was to make sense of what my heart thinks.”
P.S. Shannon’s a young mom who blogs about family, faith and “hot boots.” You can find her incredible, worthwhile blog at Flower Patch Farm Girl