Beau August 31st, 2008
Why is it we surround ourselves with living things? No matter where we choose to live, we seek life in the world around us. We join with others to begin families, develop friendships and seek things greater than ourselves that inspire us and fire the imagination of the soul.
Sometimes it’s the simple things, and we choose kittens or other creatures to share our lives with.
Maybe we just appreciate the life that exists in the world, and go see it when we can. Life is pretty simple when you think about it. For all that we do, life is really about growth. And age doesn’t matter. What happens when something stops growing? Can something stop growing and still be alive? I don’t think so, at least not very long.
Sometimes we seek life in growing plants and flowers, and find joy in nature’s abundance. Whatever choices we make in our lives, we yearn for something more, we seek to make our lives, and the lives around us, matter in some way. It may be with fame and fortune, or it may be with simple moments and small kindnesses.
A few months ago one of our favorite ice cream stores closed at a nearby small town. It was run by a family dairy for decades, and the patriarch of the family had passed away. He could be seen quite often sitting behind the counter, smiling at customers who loved this home-made goodness. It was his dairy, his ice cream store, and his life. After he was gone the rest of the family didn’t want to continue operating the ice cream store and it closed. But I still see his smile when I think of the times we visited, and the smile on my father’s face when he got one of those cones. I’ve yet to find a butter-pecan quite the same. What was so special about that place? I don’t know. Maybe it was sharing it with family, maybe it was the quaint little store, or maybe it was the ice cream. Maybe it was all of that and more.
There are many chapters in our lives that close for one reason or another too. But we don’t stop looking for more. That seeking and questioning during the journey of our lives is part of our growth, even in the midst of our greatest confusion and challenges. However complex we try to make it, life is simply about living.
And maybe life is a little like ice cream too. So many flavors, so many choices… Now, what kind of life do you want to have?