Friday, January 30, 2015

thoughts to take us to the weekend

When I was in high school, my friend Sarah and I would do this thing: we really, really, really enjoyed a good back crack, but younger backs I guess without all the stress of adulthood and whatever didn't crack as willingly as they do now. The thing was, to sit really uncomfortably all through chapel so as to up the chances of a seriously satisfying right up the spine pop pop pop-crack. Sit up straight and arch your back over the hard pew. DIY chiropracy! (is that a thing?)  One day Sarah said derisively"why do we do this to ourselves? Is sitting uncomfortably for 42 minutes really worth the off chance of the satisfying back crack?" Then we both laughed and said "yep"! When that satisfying crack did happen...I mean....hello! WORTH IT. #nowihavearthritisprobably #andbadposture

There are so many things in life that are good and I look forward to. And so many that have already happened!  But you know when you get to much of a good thing? The good things don't seem as, well, good. They seem blah. It's never enough. You start to feel morose and whiny. But when there is hard work, or a long wait, the payoff is so much more delicious. And so much more appreciated! This week was a long work week; but it certainly made my drive home and subsequent house snuggling very satisfying. I'm really working on enjoying the days and making sure I am putting the handwork so that the peak moments are just that much more dazzling. (I know, slouching during chapel is NOT considered "hard work", but you get the gist--don't  start pulling threads at that parallel!) So I want to remember that sometimes the struggle is actually what makes life good. Take solace in that and keep trying. This verse, this a good one to meditate on:

Disappointment and joy are weird sisters who are nothing alike but wouldn't make sense without each other. 


  1. That last line...I'm totally writing that on a card and pinning it up. And I'll even totally give you author cred. :)

  2. Yeah, I love that last line,too. I have to keep re-reading it and thinking about it. It is a tasty morsel to keep savoring and turning over and over in my mind.

  3. Wow, what a great thought that you articulated so well. You are so right...disappointment and/or waiting makes the joy that much more abundant. I also love your last line and didn't know if it was a quote from something (not that I was doubting your eloquence, just thought it sounded like a line from a novel or something!) Anyway, I'll be thinking on this...what an exciting perspective. "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind..." Amen!