The Sun Is Shinning

A simple thing. It shines now and then. It has been shining for the last two or three days. It is supposed to be up in the 60s today. I like the 60s, but in the middle of winter, it is not really a good sign. At least not for Kansas. It is supposed to change again and get colder. Another simple thing. I have  come to realize, not for the first time, that it is the simple things in life that we take too much for granted. It is the simple things that we should enjoy. Not making war, beheading someone because you are evil and greedy, and can’t stand for someone else to live happily. And not fuss over a deflated football. Yes, it may have been cheating, it may have been an accident, or it may be legal. I don’t know and I don’t care.  It has been discussed, now move on.

This week we had a funeral to go to for a friend and neighbor. He was 93 and lived a good long life. When we moved up here he ran a dairy with about 30 cows give or take at any given time. He was probably in his 70s then. He grew up in a rural setting and worked hard all his life up until he had to give up his cows and go to a nursing home with his wife. He was also not expected to live back in October when Hospice was called in. His is still at the nursing home. I think that sometimes she knows what is going on and sometimes she doesn’t. Regrettably she was not able to come to her husbands funeral. I am not sure why, I was told that is wasn’t a good idea. She also is in her early 90s.

On Saturday, my daughter and granddaughter had to go to a funeral for an 11 year class mate of my granddaughter. She had Pulmonary Hypertension.  The child was cremated and I tried to explain why she wasn’t in a casket to my granddaughter and a friend that went with them. I didn’t go to the funeral with them as I had something else to do, but I did take them and picked them up. I have been to a baby’s funeral once. It is the hardest thing that I have ever done. It brings tears to my eyes now as I write this. The obituary for this little girl was filled with people who had passed ranging from 75 to 97. And then you see 11 years old.

I guess that my point of this post; is that all of us should take time to smell the roses. Pray to God, or whoever it is you pray to and take time to enjoy life. Be with your friends and family. Try to get along with them. This is especially hard for me since I have a difficult family to deal with. I am really trying this year to be more patient and caring. I had received an email this week which I thought was good timing. It came in between the funerals and I would like to share it with all of you.

How much do we notice as we go through a day?????
DON’T FORGET TO SMELL THE ROSES.

Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America – If you remember, she’s the wife of Todd Beamer who said ‘Let’s Roll!’ and helped take down the plane over Pennsylvania that was heading for Washington, DC back on 9/11.

She said it’s the little things that she misses most about Todd, such as hearing the garage door open as he came home, and her children running to meet him.

Lisa recalled this story: “I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose husband died suddenly of a heart attack. About a week after his death, she shared some of her insight with a classroom of students. As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things aside on the edge of her desk and sat down there.

With a gentle look of reflection on her face, she paused and said, ‘Class is over, I would like to share with all of you, a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I feel is very important. Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give of ourselves. None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end.
It can be taken away at any moment.

Perhaps this is God’s way of telling us that we must make the most out of every single day. Her eyes, beginning to water, she went on, ‘So I would like you all to make me a promise. From now on, on your way to school, or on your way home, find something beautiful to notice.

It doesn’t have to be something you see, it could be a scent, perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out of someone’s house, or it could be the sound of the breeze slightly rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches one autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground. Please look for these things, and cherish them. For, although it may sound trite to some, these things are the “stuff” of life. The little things we are put here on earth to enjoy. The things we often take for granted.

The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our books and filed out of the room silently. That afternoon, I noticed more things on my way home from school than I had that whole semester. Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an impression she made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those things that sometimes we all overlook.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

GOD Bless you every day of your life.

  The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts,

The safest place to be is in someone’s prayers, and the very best place to be is….

In the hands of God. 

Thank you for reading. Now go and look for the simple things today, and maybe the whole week.
Stay Safe and God Bless!
 

 

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10 responses to “The Sun Is Shinning

  1. Thank you Debra. I think I must have posted this at a good time. Several people have commented and found it a good post. Several more have liked it. I don’t think it can be said enough to stop and enjoy the small things in life. I feel like the world has tilted off it’s axle lately. Coming from a Christian point of view, the signs are all there in a more prominent way than ever. My prayer is that everyone will start taking notice and trying to make things better. It is never too late to change. Yet. Some day it will be too late. I’ll get off my small soap box now. Have a great day. 🙂

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  2. What a beautiful post, Cheryl! I’m reading this a day after I, too, had to attend a funeral (for a 53-year-old man), and I can tell you: I relate to everything you’re saying here. We’re all here for a blink of the eye, and now’s the time to appreciate life and look for all the beauty in it. While it’s never pleasant to go to a funeral, I do think the value in it is getting reminded, in a really blunt way, of the shortness of life. Again, beautiful post! 🙂

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  3. I am so sorry to hear about your Father-in-Law. Prayers sent to you, him and his wife. It is a hard thing to go through. My Father-in-Law was in Hospice and passed in 2004. My Mother-in-Law had Alzheimer and was in the nursing home for 11 years before she passed in 2009. I am glad that my post came at a good time for you. I have had some emails and blog posts come at the right time and say the right things I needed to hear. It makes me feel better and think about things. And be thankful for the small stuff. I guess that is why I feel so at home in the country. It is HOME for me. I have never felt at home until we moved here. Take care. 🙂

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  4. Thanks for your beautiful and timely post, you have no way of knowing this, but my sweet 86 year old Father-in-Law is under the care of Hospice and his days are numbered.
    I hope everyone that reads your post will heed your advice, slow down, notice the little things for they, in the end, are the things that make the greatest difference.
    I struggled two weeks ago, sitting in my therapist office trying my best to tell him how hard it was to see such a wonderful, vibrant and special person fade before me. He asked me, “Have you told him what it has meant to you to have him in your life?” And it was at the point that I knew a truth I’d not allowed myself to face before. Growing up with a very abusive father had made me afraid to trust older men. With one exception.
    I sat down one afternoon and wrote my Father-in-Law a note. It wasn’t a long letter, simply a note. I thanked him for being in my life, for being the father i had always wanted and i thanked him for accepting me.
    Sometimes we get so caught up in the mayhem of the world around us that we forget to share words that convey why we appreciate something, or someone. We are caught up in being us, but we would be wise to slip into the shoes of another and take a look at what their life has done to ours.
    My Mother-in-Law told me that my card was a difficult one for this dear man to read. He said he wanted to call me, but didn’t think he could hold himself together to say what he wanted me to know. I told her…”Mother, I know eactly what his words would be.” 🙂

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  5. I didn’t really think about time. It is true. I think we all take time for granted. I did when I was younger. It shouldn’t take us until we are older to think about the small stuff, but I guess it does.

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  6. What a spectacular post, due to my job at ‘The Workplace’ spirituality makes it’s way into my life and heart on a regular basis, the one thing we take for granted is time, we all believe we have plenty of time, the future stretches before us, when nothing is further from the truth, the small stuff IS what life is all about, lets treasure each glorious small gift that comes our way

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  7. Thank you. I try not to be pushy about my faith, and I tried to keep this post as neutral as possible. I just wanted to make a point about all the craziness in the world today. I am just as guilty about letting it get to me as anyone. Until I get a wake up call now and then. Thank you for reading it. 🙂

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