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!