I’ve been listening to The Wealthy Gardener, Life Lessons Between Father and Son, on Audible. It’s a story I have had to back up and listen to time and time again. The concepts are foundational thinking lessons a father wanted to share with his son on creating a life that would be full and bountiful.
What makes your life extraordinary?
I was raised in a home where discipline and authority were highly prized. We were taught to get things done and I am thankful for that. However, there is a reason we do things, to earn the dignity of getting things accomplished, of earning and for rewards. Sometimes I believe that I have had to learn the value of rewards as an adult. When you do the work there is a reward, sometimes that reward is financial, other times its experiential like the pride of accomplishing and yet others is a land I am not as familiar with…the land of earning the prize. Oh I’ve earned the prizes before such as my cars in Mary Kay, but to earn the right to create ease in my life? That was a foreign concept until a few years ago.
Extraordinary days are those days where I am creating a life I cherish in actions in who I work with or share with, and for the way I handle myself during the days.
Do you have favorite kind of days?
I find I like myself more when I have less rushing and less striving in my life. That only happens when I get intentional about filling in the hours with joyful presence of ME in my life as well as the things I need ME to do.
Like stopping and having my favorite chai latte as part of my solitude time in the early morning in a favorite cup.
Like taking time out to enjoy a clear space to just do Bible study each day.
Like making my bed and having a fresh flower to put by my bedside and by my desk.
Simple things matter, and the expense they are are worth the time and effort it takes to create an extraordinary experience while I’m doing the ordinary things of my day.
How are you building a life to cherish by building moments to cherish in your days?