Monday, September 30, 2013


I'm in Florida. It was a planned trip that almost didn't happen (for me). Husband was called down on business. I was to tag along as spouses were invited to attend. Circumstances made it nearly impossible for me to go. Said circumstances took a turn for the better. My head took a little longer to catch up and feel safe about leaving. My heart longer yet as there is still a piece, a very large piece of my heart resting safely at home caring for the kids (along with their caregiver). Aside from leaving a part of my heart at home, this morning I feel amazingly content. Contentment is not a feeling I am accustomed to. It's not necessarily that I don't allow myself the luxury of contentment... 

"The luxury of contentment." 

As soon as those words fell to the page, the flow of words stopped cold. An epiphany followed. A treasure has been unearthed. Contentment should not be considered a luxury. It should be a normal part of life. Not that life would ever be one contented path free of obstacles and issues, but surely times of contentment should be a part of everyones life.

This foreign feeling is toying with me as my mind fights like a mini ninja to keep it from settling in too deep. 'I'm in my pajamas on the patio. Is that acceptable at a resort full of people?  

Thought process: No one is around. It's what I want to do at this moment. It's what I am accustomed to in my midwestern existence. It is what feels right for me. I will continue to sit here in my pajamas. ' I choose "yes". It is perfectly acceptable. I will continue to contemplate contentment and allow the water in front of me to be a metaphor for this moment.

Calm, content reflection. So that's what it feels like. Mmmm...


Caroline said...

Contentment should be normal! YES! Enjoy this time! xo

Anonymous said...

Oh, I am so happy to see the pics of your tiny fronded trees (maybe dates?) and to hear of your contentment.

I think that is a very wise and interesting thought ... contentment and what it means.

Now I'm wondering if it's okay to be in the café in my pjs. ;) (Sweatpants. hehe.)

Relax and enjoy. This is a very good thing you are doing for you!

Jennifer Richardson said...

beautiful, the way you're processing
this little eureka
and really helpful to walk along
and feel the wisdom bubbling up
inside you
and flowing over to me also.
thank you, friend,

Kim Mailhot said...

Be in the land of contentment, Amazong one. You are worthy of that.

Jan said...

I hope contentment becomes a habit. Yes, definitely worthy of cultivating that habit.

John said...

Good for you, and why not sit out in the the PJ's? Great post!

april said...

Sounds absolutely lovely...happy you got to go and have this time.

Elena said...

Just allow :) beautiful

G-Pride Farm said...

WOW, wish I could of joined you on your trip. From the picture, you must have had a relaxing time sitting in your pj's. Hope all is well with all the family. Got to catch up on your writing/blog. I need inspiration and your it. hugs

simply bev said...

I'm glad you choose Yes! I'm sure it made for a most wonderful morning!

Roban said...

I've noticed those moments of contentment, too, and stopped in my tracks when I became aware of the feeling. It should be a constant or near constant feeling in our lives but seems fleeting at times. Soak it in and may you notice many more of those moments.

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