Thursday, June 24, 2010

My Bigger Picture Moment: Love Where You're Planted

Welcome to Bigger Picture Moments, a place where we step back and take in life. There are moments where we're so caught up in it all, the hectic mind boggling pace of the day. We encourage you to take this opportunity to take a moment and view the Bigger Picture. Whatever that means to you. A moment where you recognized the role your faith plays in your every day life. A moment where you take note of motherhood and the importance of what you are doing. A moment that made you stop and smell breathe in the bigness of it all. The hugeness that is life and the small moments adding up to one huge Bigger Picture.

We hope you'll join us. Take a few moments. Think about your week, and pour however little or much onto a page. Then share. Tell us your moment. Link up this week at Hyacynth's, grab our button (over there in the side bar;), and share your Bigger Picture Moment. And while you're at it, share the love and check out at least one other participant's moment.

Love Where You're Planted

Jo wrote a piece this week in the end she says this:
What do you love most about where you are? Write it down (here in the comments, or just pencil it in your head), and remember it all day long. And tomorrow too. And let's all just make a point to remember what we love most about the places we are right now. Not the places we've been or the places we're going. The places we are.
It has really got me thinking (as her posts often do) this simple thought, love where you are.

I think as humans, and especially as Americans this is hard. We are taught to always be thinking ahead, planning for the future, building the bigger and better tomorrow. But what are we missing today when we are worrying about tomorrow? In case your new around here (welcome!) I moved to suburbia about 18mo ago. It's darn close to rural compared to the suburban I grew up in and the urban I was living in. It's been soul stretching, searching, lurching, and growing.

I spent so much of those first months with one foot here and one foot back "home" in the city. Trying to get settled here while staying close there. Never really giving here a fair chance because I was so busy missing there, wondering how and when to get back there. I have been trying to change that. It's not that I don't love where I am. I do, I mean I wouldn't have given up the city if I didn't love the house, and the neighborhood. But it's also new, new people, places, experiences and new is sometimes disconcerting, balance altering. We seek out solace in comfort.

So I'm looking at the bigger picture. This is where I am planted, it may be temporary, it may be permanent, whatever it is, it's my now and I have to relish it, take it in and love it. Not waste it pinning away for what I don't have or where I am not. I can miss my beautiful blue lake waters, and oh how I do. But I can also love all my new trails and forests. I can miss the ability to walk everywhere and still love that I can walk to some places.

This is where I am planted and this is where my children will grow so there is no point in wasting another minute wondering about the places we could be going, should be going, are going, or were going. From now on I am going to focus on the places we are! (thanks for the reminder Jo!)

Next week Corine will be hosting Bigger Picture Moments. Keep an open mind and heart throughout the week and come back to participate again or for the first time! All are welcome!


Jill said...

I understand what you are talking about. 9 1/2 years ago I moved to a place that for all sorts of reasons didn't seem like a "me" place. I moved here for work. Amazingly, in spite of the reasons I can still list that I am amazed I live here, it has become home. It is where I have built important relationships. It is where I was married. It is where I gave birth to my children and am raising them. It is home.

Corinne Cunningham said...

It's so hard to remember that - honestly. I struggle with that because we're in between places, but there really is so much to love about where we are right now. Thanks for a glimpse into your BPM :)

Anonymous said...

Really appreciated this post. I've spent my whole life living in the country, surrounded by trees and trails and quiet. I suppose I always will. Part of me though, longs for the vitality of the city. Even if just for a short time. You remind me throught this post that there are always ways to get that, but more importantly to relish to what I've got. Because I'm firmly planted in a beautiful home, in a beautiful setting, with a beautiful family.

Amber Page Writes said...

I'm so guilty of doing this! Right now, I'm wish I could re-plant myself back "home" but this is home! I need to remember that.

Hyacynth said...

Why do we clutch to the past so tightly while simulataneously longing for the future? I sometimes wonder why we simply cannot, as you said, love where we're planted. Here. And right now. Why is it so hard?
Loved reading this. :)

Justine said...

I so hear you on this, and that's why it's been taking me so long to make the decision to leave the city. I love where I'm planted, yet I know with my daughter with us, we need a place with more room for her to grow. And a place for us to plant new roots.

You show me that it can be done and while we'll always miss our old life, there is so much we can love about the new one as long as we open our hearts to it. And I want to. I just need to make that move :)

So glad Bigger Picture brought me here.

rebecca @ altared spaces said...

I have moved a number of times. Finding my new life in my new place is layered. There is the missing the old where I knew how to locate the rice pilaf I love so very much. There is the thrill of discovery that comes from living like a tourist in my new locale.

Eventually, however, there comes a lull. A time when I know where to shop, I'm done discovering but the deep and abiding friendships that will get me through this phase of my life have not yet arrived.

This tunnel through which I must travel in each new home has been lonely. So I've met myself there. Which has been profound. I like who I am more today because we've gotten more acquainted; me and myself.

I'm glad you've decided to bloom where you are planted. I hope you dig deep roots and water yourself well.

Unknown said...

Thank you, it is so hard to live in the now moments isn't it, we seem to spend far more time looking back or planning ahead that we miss things.