Simple Thoughts on Recent Days

by Maggie Griffin

Sometimes I am unsure of what I want this space to be. I was sure that I wanted it to be a serious project, an undertaking that I pursued with more gusto than any previous blog. And I was sure that I wanted it to be about this new phase in life I have entered along with my ever sweet companion, Byron, and all that it entailed. Other than that, I have let it grow into a catch all for my thoughts, updates, the sharing of projects, and random musings, and I think that is quite okay. As you can tell, this blog has been more me than we, but since that we is one, I allow my thoughts to represent us both. 

All that to say, thank you for stopping by this little blog. I hope that with each post, you enjoy a look into our newlywed life and all that we think and do, and that it brings a smile to your day. That's what I really what this space to be, a smile maker.

I sat down to write about something other than the above,  so let me get to it: recently, our days seem to have themes. Life has its seasons and comes with lessons here and there, but as of late, almost every day has boasted a new theme.

Yesterday was Newness. Byron's mom drove down to spend the day with us, dropping off things we had left behind in Dallas and spoiling us with her presence and presents to make our home more joyful and cheery. Byron's newness came in the form of yard work and power tools. Mine, in the form of succulent ownership and herb gardener. Together, we embarked on landscaping and painting (we pulled the trigger on chalkboard paint in the office/study! hooray!). 

Today is Contentment. This theme made itself evident throughout the day in many ways. This morning, per usual, I was catching up on social media and I found this blog on twitter and this post on instagram. By 9 am, the Lord was already working on providing me the day's theme through others words. I am so humbled by the writing of others and their unique perspective. People all over the blogosphere are able to articulate feelings and lessons they have learned in such an inspiring and beautiful way. I hope that we are able to do that here.

After leaving my first job for my second, I came across the day's theme again as I sat by kids creating art. Some kids love to copy rather than create their own idea, because it is so much easier; but, often, when we copy anything, it is a less true version of what we hoped for (by definition) and we become disappointed. That is exactly what happened with these kids. Be content with your own skills and abilities I would teach them, just as I was being taught throughout the day. Be content with what you have with what you can do. Be aware of how you deprive yourself of joy and how you set yourself up to be jealous. 

Lastly, I was checking up on all my blogs later in the day and found myself looking at this and thinking about how people are casted so perfectly and we can't imagine beloved (or even hated) characters as anyone other than the actor who was cast.

How beautiful that we too are cast for our parts perfectly, gifted with our talents and things, inheriting the quirks and qualities that make us who we are. Ah, to be content with who we are, what we have, and what we can do. 

Sometimes days don't go as planned. Sometimes days are downright terrible. But all these days have themes and even the worse ones teach us something. Be alert to your theme of the day and share what you learn with those that you love; they might just need that lesson, too.