This post is dedicated to Lee (Arlee Bird over at Tossing It Out). Most of us know him as the creator of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge.
Today, I received an email from Lee for my previous post - the one about “the wall coming down”; the starting point of my epic renovations - wherein Lee mentions he “keeps contemplating some life renovations”.
So, that brings me to this post…
I know pictures might be more fun - but today I hope you can visualize my words and create a mosaic for yourself.
|Source: Path to Peace|
(a little book with great daily meditations)
I practice Buddhism…
I mention this because I’m all about “the karma” these days, and when I read Lee’s email I took note of its impact on my thoughts as I enjoyed a coffee at the midpoint of my five mile run. (yes, halfway through I stopped for a very hot black coffee...the fuel of champions!)
While blowing on my way-too-hot-coffee I got to thinking about my home renovations and realized more than my house has been under construction since June.
See that photo of me up in my profile - that was from 2009. From 2010 to May of this year I lopped on a few extra pounds as I stopped running and was wrapped up in the “caregiving” of my mother and her ailing health.
During those years I also went through menopause! Oh joy! But, ever the optimist I did it with a smile, lots of laughter and a few serious shots of Bombay Gin! (ah, Ginny, she’s my bestest buddy)
Also… during those years, I was coming to terms with the outcome of my car accidents (two in eight months) whereby I had to rethink my entire career.
Today, when I read Lee’s email I thought about what has happened to me since mid June; the starting date of my home renovations.
Have I undergone any “life renovations” in the process?
The answer is an emphatic YES!
I am leaner; stronger and more physically fit than I’ve been in years. (yes, my size six wardrobe has been resurrected after years of hiding behind tens and twelves)
This makes me happy as I head into those golden years with a solid, healthy body set to carry me another thirty plus years.
I am more in tune with my senses, and my needs, than I’ve ever been; I realize I am only as good as my present thoughts and those thoughts have been great as of late.
I want for very little and need even less. What could be better than knowing I came into this world with nothing and will exit the same way - all the trappings are just that… traps.
Oh… to be sure, I like my “things” and I even like my things to be beautiful - sometimes even shiny…
At the end of the day, though, they are just things. They cannot blind me from what really counts, that which money cannot buy; happiness.
I am happy; but then I’ve always been, so that much has remained constant.
But… (remember "Big Buts")… even my “happy” seems happier.
Because I’ve reconnected with my brother, Rudy - I just love him. He rocks. Oh, we’ve stayed in touch over the years but having him hang out with me as we enjoy this great adventure has been the true highlight of this project.
No amount of fancy “things” will ever give me more joy or genuine contentment than I have when sitting with Rudy over our morning coffee, moaning and groaning about our aching muscles… laughing all the while as we gear up for another day of building a great relationship…
oh… and a house.
Thanks, Lee - your email inspired me.
Now… to those of you that read this and are wondering how my renovations are going…
You tell me!
Then again... tell me if you too have been contemplating "life renovations"?
If so, how are they going?
Okay… in a few days I will throw some photos your way!