Thursday, August 9, 2012

What's important in life

This afternoon I attended a funeral.  It's interesting how celebrating the life of someone else makes me think about my life and how I would like to be remembered.  Once again I was reminded that it's who you are in your relationships and how you treat other people that comes across as the most important and memorable.  Yes, the little quirks and idiosyncrasies of each of us are a part of who we are.  Like the fact that my sister's mother-in-law was a terrible driver and that she loved chocolate.  (That's whose funeral it was today.)  But as those who knew her best spoke, it was her relationships and the ways she showed her love and the way she journeyed through life that shone through.  What truly matters is this - how you treat the people in your life and how you honour God as you deal with the valleys and mountain tops in this life He gives us.  

I was reminded again of the importance of seeing the grace of God in the moments God gives us.

1146) a friend getting engaged, and enjoying her joy!
1147) finally making new cushions to replace ones that were fraying and breaking down
1148) getting my doors painted 
1149) the opportunity to spend time with my brother-in-law and talking about his mother who had died very recently
1150) the peace and contentment I've felt being home this summer - really that should be more than one gift
1151) the smell of freshly mown grass
1152) the smell after rain
1153) cool air in the evenings
1154) free breakfast
1155) Canmore Canada Day parade (obviously these are not in chronological order - see the previous list)
1156) clowns that make me smile
1157) getting rid of old computers (at the e-recycling station)
1158) getting data transferred from my old computer to the new one
1159) listening to the delighted laughs and talk of a family as they enjoy a summer evening and splashing each other with water
1160) the gift of neighbours building and painting a new fence
1161) the gentle and kind way a grandfather talks to his grandsons as they build the fence
1162) the tenacity and patience as a husband and wife rebuild their fence over the course of a week
1163) summer evenings
1164) sharing gift cards with friends
1165) watching a man lovingly care for a wheelchair bound woman
1166) watching these same two "dance" together
1167) the idea of a friend to help me finish my quilt effectively and beautifully
1168) binoculars to help see musicians better
1169) being able to delight a friend with a small, simple gift
1170) the cooling gift of a breeze
1171) a parking spot a block from the folk festival
1172) voices harmonizing beautifully
1173) enjoying one of my quilts at the folk festival - and the feeling of satisfaction of being able to use it
1174) hanging pictures on the wall - finally - a year after repainting the walls
1175) having a bed in Canmore and not having to join long weekend traffic home to Calgary after a long day at the Canmore Folk Festival
1176) chemicals that kill weeds!  (truly a daughter of my father)
1177) Anne of Green Gables in Rosebud with Weening women
1178) My Name is Asher Lev in Rosebud with Sharon and the Montagues
1179) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and the laughter of enjoyment
1180) finally sitting down to write down gifts - and having the opportunity to revisit the last couple of months
1181) sugar snap peas fresh from the garden
1182) walk with SP at Big Hill Springs
1183) water streaming over rocks
1184) yellow canola fields and blue Alberta skies

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