Friday, March 12, 2010

Enlightened by that which has gone before...

Looking back over this week of TNG posts, it strikes me that the conversation has gone a little like this:

Hopes...
Dreams...
Reality...
Perspective...

all leading up to my small contribution to the dialogue. I call it enlightenment, but not in a grandiose way. Small 'e' enlightenment - but enlightenment nonetheless.

I personally think every entry from the Girls this week should be considered required reading. Individually, they are each moving in their own way. Taken as a whole, they offer up a kind of truth. This is what we do, as humans. We hope and plan and daydream about the future. Then reality sometimes smacks us upside the head. And that makes us reevaluate the present.

I honestly struggled with what I would write about this week. I've always been the kind of person who lives pretty 'in the moment'. If I think too far ahead, I tend to run madly off in all directions. At the same time, I also tend to dwell on present problems and magnify them way out of proportion - I get stuck down the well-hole of my mind. Now I just think my duty to the topic is to point readers in the direction of my fellow Girl's posts.

Because here are the things I have taken away from this week's words: Tracey and Maureen's posts remind us that it's important to have dreams and aspirations. Lisa's post reminds us that it's important to recognize life may have other ideas. And Jillian reminds us, in that light, that maybe it's most important of all to not ignore the present for yearning of what may come.

I don't know where I'll be in ten years. You know what? I'm not even going to speculate. Ten years ago, if you'd asked me the same question, I would have answered. And I would have been wrong on just about every last thing I would have said.

Now it's more like: "Second star to the right, straight on 'til morning."
I don't know where I'll be in ten years.
But I am determined to try and have fun and appreciate the journey while I'm getting there.

3 comments:

Brenda Jean said...
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Moonsanity said...

I'm turning 50 in June, and it's hard not to worry about time, and what I should or shouldn't have done. I look at it this way: I have three healthy, happy, cool kids (10,15,16), a husband who is my best friend and I'm living in the country like I always dreamed of. Anything else is icing on the cake:)

I too thought the posts last week were required reading. Does anyone have an update on Lisa's sister? They are still in my thoughts and prayers:)

Maureen Lipinski said...

Wonderful post! Life's a journey, with many ups and downs, and I'm just hoping that the next decade has many more highs than lows!