photo of garden stairway
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Life is an invitation. I don’t always feel that way. Sometimes it feels like life is a bat, but when I look at this photo the hubs took, I feel wonder and anticipation. I like feeling that.

I grew up with mountains on the horizon. I used to like to look up and see them. In the summer, when it got too hot down in town, my parents would load us into my dad’s pickup and we’d head up, seeking cooler climes and a higher view. I still love the semi-scary thrill of driving up and up and up. I was not so wild about the restroom facilities, but a few outhouses are worth the view and the cool.

We’d clamber up and down things, fall in the stream (can still remember how cold it was!) and get incredibly dirty. Probably picked up a tick or two from clambering up and down things. When the sun rode low, they’d pile us back in the truck and we’d head down.

We’d get there to find it hotter than when we left it, but the change of perspective had helped. It for sure helped our parents. We might have been tired and a bit cranky, but after getting scrubbed and tick-checked, we went to bed without too much fuss and slept like the dead.

Now that I live pretty much at sea level (I think our house is about 60 ft?), I sometimes forget to look up. Looking up isn’t just about going up, about getting above. It’s about looking past present troubles and concerns. It’s remembering that sometimes all we need is a different perspective, or a mental break from that intense focus on the here and now. We change our view a little, just by lifting our chin a very little.

It never hurts to remember that life is not a fixed point, even if we sometimes become fixated. Not a lot will change in a minute, but our spirits are eased and perhaps—in that moment—we can realize that one year from now, or two years or twenty, this moment will look very different. We might even wonder why we didn’t enjoy it more and fuss less.

Life is an invitation to live. There are no promises other than the hope of being a bit wiser at the end of it.

Do you ever forget to look up and just be? Miss the moment because you’re wishing it away? Looked back and wondered what all your fuss was about?

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Life is an Invitation
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6 thoughts on “Life is an Invitation

  • June 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    They come in envelopes, in a brief, “Let’s Go”, in a moment of perceived opportunity, while looking at a stairway curious as to where they lead, a door, a window, they come every day in countless ways. For good or ill our lives are the experiences & results of invitations accepted and regected. All too often we look back at our lives and exclaim, ” Wow! I messed up! Oh no! Oh No! ” or “Why did I go that!”. Those feelings cause self degradation leading to lack of confidence in ourselves & our abilities to accept future invitations.
    We are not on Earth to Fail, we are here to grow and learn how to succeed, not in wealth,but in knowledge and wisdom. Not unlike everyone else, I have made mistakes & missed opportunities. Instead of hiding in the closet of self pity and saying, “I’m an idiot!” repeatedly, I have finally learned that each event in life can be a stepping stone, a step on a the stairway of our possibilities. The impossible task of changing the past is swallowed up in the inviations of our future. Seize positive opportunities and find the
    upward building invitations!
    PS: Just a thought on Stairways.
    We visited the island of Taquile while in Peru. As we disembarked from the small boat we could see the sharp assent of the island. In front of us was a rock stairway leading upward to a place we couldn’t even see. We were instructed to start up. The stairway went on and on, up and up in small steps, big steps, steep steps, and still we couldn’t see what we were climbing to. I had recently had a kidney transplant, this was so difficult for me, Dennis had to practically pull me up near the end. Not until we reached the top were we able to see the unbelievably beautiful scene of Lake Titicaca surrounding us. The quaint town plaza and the friendly people of that town also awaited us. For me in particular was the weaving done there, said to be some of the best in Peru.
    Great Opportunities are not always a walk in the Park. Work and stretching ourselves seemingly beyond our limits will bring us the true prize and the beautiful vistas that enlarge our understanding.

    • June 17, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Many thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. It’s always fun when a post sparks something in a visitor. Glad you shared your sparks here. 🙂

  • June 16, 2014 at 11:40 am

    What a great post, Pauline! I think our recent move, which totally changed the view out the window, helped shake up our “view” of life. We were indeed fixated on something–I’m not even sure what. Surviving the Texas heat? Keeping up the old house? Doing the same old-same old? Here, every weekend is like a vacation. An invitation! Where will we go? What will we see? And yes, here in Newfoundland we’re often bundled up like it’s winter even though it’s almost summer. But we’ve seen places our neighbors here have never seen–places are within hours of our house. We’ll have to leave this paradise behind someday… may we never take it for granted while we’re still here! Hopefully someday we’ll look back and joyfully remember blizzards that created a seven foot snow drift in our driveway and “powder sugared” the hills around us, the welcome sight of green grass after months of snow, and our first iceberg and first whale sighting in the Atlantic. I hope we’ve learned to take every free moment as an invitation–no matter where we are!

    • June 17, 2014 at 9:36 am

      I have been SO enjoying your adventures! You have truly taken the invitation! And yes, your comment made it! 🙂 Keep posting on FB! So fun!

  • June 16, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Very well said. Thanks

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