Monday, April 25, 2011

Quote for the Week

"In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet."

- Albert Schweitzer

So true, don't you think? What flowers are you missing out on noticing in your pursuit of the moon?

I know I have days where I go to bed wishing I'd spent my day differently--that I had tried to enjoy the moment I'm in more, rather than dreaming/wishing/longing for future hopes and events.

But I also have days where I know I lived it to the fullest, where I took the time to cherish my boys' smiles, their kisses, the things they say and do. When I paused to watch the sun rise or set. When I took pride in my writing, whether I was able to write 5,000 words, or only 500. When I've kissed my husband like I meant it, and basked in the fact that he loves me for me. When I gave thanks that he understands and supports and encourages me. That I expressed my deep gratitude for friends who shock me with their generosity and kindness, for family who are everything, and other blessings in my life.

Are there dreams I long for that haven't come true yet? Yes. Have there been really hard disappointments and hurdles I've had to overcome (and continue to try to overcome), both personally and in my pursuit of publication? Absolutely. But there are also flowers all around. Have you noticed them recently?


Stina said...

Awesome post and quote!

Writers are always in a big rush to finish their novels, send out queries, land an agent and publishing contract, that they often fail to enjoy the actual writing (or notice the flowers).

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

I love that quote. I know I get really busy with things that I think are important, instead of focusing on the importance of the now.

Unknown said...

Lovely and well said, Sara. I've spent Easter looking at the flowers. Thanks for the encouragement!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful quote. I needed that after a long day of feeling sorry for myself. You know just how to make me smile!

Carolyn V. said...

Wow! Lovely post Sara! I do need to enjoy the flowers more. =)

Shari said...

It's the wishing we'd spent our days differently that help us enjoy the days where we enjoyed the kisses, the flowers and the buds on my rose bush!