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Little Things Mean A Lot

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Over the weekend, Glenn and I were talking about the fact that neither of us ever gets bored. Even when the cold or the rain keeps us indoors for days on end, and during those stretches when we don’t stray from the property for days, neither of us has ever uttered aloud “I’m bored.” It just doesn’t happen. I haven’t always felt this way. I used to get super antsy and squirrely in the past, wishing I was somewhere else, doing something different.

Perhaps it’s just part of aging, learning to appreciate more of what’s right in front of you. People pass away, or move out of your life, or otherwise disappear, as do circumstances and places. Learning to be fully immersed in what’s right in front of you really has helped me to conquer boredom, as did becoming a parent. There will always be so much to do, and learn, and investigate, and explore.

A good deal of life is fleeting, ephemeral, transient. Today I’m incredibly appreciative of the life lesson of being content with right where I’m at. Love the way that comedian Louis C.K. puts it (he’s such a genius-I especially love this bit from him):

“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.”

Here’s hoping the week (and life!) ahead of you are boredom-free. The sight of clothing on the line, the emergence of sage flowers, our entryway greeting of rose quartz (the cove is riddled with it!) & a turtle shell & an animal skull, and the heady fragrance of the locust tree blossoms is making me super in love with this place today. With so much to see and smell and touch and hear and taste (picked up a mess of fresh strawberries at the tailgate market this past Saturday!), there’s no room for boredom.

 

8 Responses to Little Things Mean A Lot

  • mundy says:

    my mama used to tell me to ‘be bored is to be boring.’ i knew better as a kid not to get bored, or else mama would find something around the house for me to clea.

  • KC says:

    This was a great post. I was just thinking this morning about feeling antsy about the place that I am at in life. I think that happens at the end of your twenties. So I try to be mindful every day to enjoy the day as it comes to me and not think to hard on the future or the past.

    Oh yes and I’m glad you posted a picture of the locust tree because we have them all over here and I was wondering what they were.

  • Alicia says:

    We have a tendency of looking into the past and contemplating the future; all we have is the present moment. Little things make a difference. My maternal grandmother had favorite sayings. My family called them “Mary-isms.” This one has a classic Irish beginning, with an interesting Zen twist.

    “If you spend too much time with one leg in the past, and the other leg in the future, you are peeing on the present. Focus on the now…and you will never be bored.”

  • sarah says:

    HEY ASHLEY..JUST THOUGHT ID PUT IT OUT THERE THERE THAT ROHAN ANDERSON IS COMING TO THE STATES! WISH I COULD MEET YOU BOTH..BUT AT LEAST YOU MIGHT GET TO MEET EACH OTHER :)

    • thanks, sarah! i saw that on his blog. alas, the closest he’ll be to us is louisville, ky, which isn’t actually close at all. oh, well. i’m sure his visit will be very well received!

  • oukay says:

    Love the quote. I am copying it to put on my teenage daughter’s bulletin board!

  • Cary says:

    I will be making a print of that quote and hanging it on the wall!!!

  • sonja says:

    Ashley, I couldn’t agree more…I’ve been a lurker here for more than a year. I found you via one of your books I picked up in a local bookshop in the southern hemisphere…the world is small…