Someone wise once said that life is what happens when you are busy doing other things.
We live every day planning for the big moments.
The events and occasions and seasons and ceremonies and celebrations. And we think that that is where the joy and the happiness and the satisfaction are found.
Sometimes it’s true. But sometimes? It’s the ordinary moments that catch us unaware that are the part of life that is truly worth the living.
Ordinary moments make life extraordinary.
And so today, I want to share my blue and white Christmas living room with you and ordinary moments that make me smile.
Like decorating your tree from the inside out.
Four days before Thanksgiving with Christmas music blaring in the background, my daughter, Whitney, and I spent the afternoon decorating the tree in the living room.
There were tubs of blue and white and gold ornaments and blue and white ribbon and a star for the top and twinkle lights everywhere. We set up the tree and fluffed the branches and strung the lights and then it was time to decorate.
I handed her a container and told her to start with the white ornaments first and left to go check on the score of the football game.
When I came back to the room half a tub of ornaments had already made its way onto the tree.
I smiled and told her it looked beautiful.
I made an ornament decorating suggestion.
“You want to make sure to hang the ornaments inside the tree. Adding ornaments near the trunk of the tree gives it depth and helps layer the ornaments. Decorating from the inside out makes a tree truly beautiful.”
She nodded and studied the tree and then turned to me with a serious look on her face.
And said something that stopped me in my tracks.
“Mom,” she said. “What you said about the tree? It’s true. And you know what? It’s true for people, too. We should all work on decorating our insides first.”
What in the world did she just say?
When did my daughter get wiser than me?
She was so right.
There was such a life lesson right there in front of me and I almost missed it.
Instead of working on our outsides. Instead of focusing on the outer layer. Instead of hanging all the prettiest ornaments for everyone to see.
We should be decorating ourselves from the inside out.
We should be decorating our hearts with kindness and patience and encouragement and be so full of joy so that it spills over to the outside for all the world to see.
Somewhere along the way she figured out what is really important and shared it in a way that brought this entire holiday season back into perspective for me.
It’s a life lesson that will live on long after the Christmas lights are put away.
A lesson and a moment I will remember forever.
See what I mean?
Life is truly lived in the ordinary moments.
I’m pretty sure someone wise once said that, too. 🙂