I definitely never want to be classified as one of those people who takes people in my life for granted ever again. I took for granted I’d have more time with my first born to physically show her I loved her. I was working all the time to provide for her physical needs, and when I was home I was so exhausted I miswell not have been there. I knew that wasn’t a life for her. I honestly saw no end in sight of me living that type of lifestyle when I gave her up for adoption to her stepmother. Who knew only a few short years later, I’d be the stay-at-home working mom?
That brings me to my point of todays post….
Since I wasn’t brilliant enough to think of having my kids take a picture of me sitting on my porch in the middle of the country setting swinging gently away, you’ll have to picture it for me. The kids were in the back yard and occasionally in the front yard in front of me playing as loud as they could. (I swear the boys think that the country setting away from EVERYONE gives them the right to be twice as loud as normal.)
Despite how loud the boys and Zeva were being, I was still able to clearly hear the trees blowing and creating the nice breeze that was gently rocking me on my swing. Plus the birds were chirping happily. My mom had her windchimes on her trees by the front porch and they were making magical music too.
Constantly Tuning Out
I’m forever telling my kids to be quiet throughout a day. I know it’s wrong of me because I know there is going to come a day when I’m going to miss their constant chatter. I fear them not wanting to tell me the big things that they need to tell me because I don’t listen to the small things. Then other times, I literally tune them out and don’t hear anything they are saying and doing (unless it sounds like it’s something urgent that needs my attention..i.e…someone getting hurt, fighting, etc.) However, when you’re with your kids 24/7, you do need peace and quiet!!
I’ve noticed that lately my husband calls me throughout the course of his day, but I can’t stop what I’m doing for even five minutes to FULLY LISTEN to him on the phone. Literally when we get off the phone I have no clue what the hang he just told me. It bothers me that I feel that I’m being pulled so thin that I can’t even give him five to ten minutes a few times throughout my day.
It’s not that I can’t make the time for his calls because I definitely can! I make time for everything else I’m doing in my day! (Please note: This morning I made a solid effort to fully give him my undivided attention twice, and my kids didn’t cooperate for some odd reason. If I had been on a business call, you would have never known my kids were in the house!) I treasure his phone calls! I treasure hearing his voice all throughout my day especially since he’s gone from early morning hours until late at night everyday anymore it seems! Those phone calls are literally my life line throughout the day. So, I don’t want to miss hearing the sound of his voice completely because he gets frustrated with calling for what appears to be no good reason.
Sounds Of Life Are To Be Treasured
I say all of this as a reminder to you and to me! We need to slow down and treasure the sounds of the calming nature, the sounds of our kids growing up and learning, and the sounds of our soul mates voices. Life is all too short lived to miss out on those small details in life. We are not guaranteed another second.
I found a peace within myself that I haven’t felt in ages because I was slowing down and listening to my surroundings. I was reminded just how much I’ve been taking for granted all of the little things in my life and around me.
I believe God created all the sounds of nature to help calm our souls when we are stressed. I believe he created kids to be full of energy and life to remind us that there are many wonders to behold if we are open to looking at them with a fresh mindset. I believe that our spouses are there to be our helpmates and to help us get through the hard times of life.
Del called me the other day just to “hear the voice of the woman I love” because he was having a bad day at work. He stated hearing my voice and me telling him that I loved him was enough to help him get through the next stretch of his day. I’ve had many days where I’ve done the same with him. He’s right hearing that simple statement of love definitely helps us trek on. We are reminded why we’re going through the trenches of a bad day at work or a bad day of dealing with kids who are driving us batty.
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What sounds in your life have you taken for granted lately?