Saturday, August 11, 2012
the following is an excerpt from my journal, written after having been in Strasbourg for a week, inspired to great thoughtfulness by some quote about how to relieve life's tedium. gee, I need to get back to writing.
Is life really tedious? Sometimes yes; sometimes definitely yes. But a lot of times, it is far from it. Maybe it is stressful, maybe hectic, maybe crazy busy. Maybe peaceful, maybe contented, maybe full, maybe satisfying. Maybe full of routine, maybe full of surprises. But far from monotonous.
I feel like "surprising" is a good word to describe life. It's never quite how you expect it to be, yet sometimes it sneaks up and is exactly how you want it to be. Sometimes it meets your expectations, sometimes it defies them. Sometimes it disappoints them, and sometimes it exceeds them. But that's just the mystery and adventure, isn't it? That no matter what, it's sure to take you by surprise.
"Extraordinary" is also a good word to use to describe life--yes, in its very literal sense. More than ordinary.
I'm sitting on a bench by the canal here in Strasbourg. Mommy and Lori are talking--she just got back from Paris this afternoon--and we're eating strawberries and listening to the water and chats in French from nearby people. Life right now is...definitely not tedious. It's pretty sweet.
helloooo, take me back there. I'm having a lesson in contentment in life recently, because life really is sweet. sometimes I'm my own best reminder.