Saturday, October 17, 2009

It's a Wonderful, Full Life...

I've noticed that more and more often when people describe their lives their first adjective it busy. And, yes, it's true. We are all so busy and getting busier all the time. But, I think there are better adjectives we can use. Let me show you what I mean.



The short story of a our busy week Last weekend we had company & no time to do regular weekend activities like laundry and grocery shopping. This put us behind all week. Jeffrey has a TOUGH Master's class, a big project, and a mid-term next Tuesday to study for. This is the final week of this quarter so we had tests and grade reports to add to the usual craziness of a teacher's life. On Wednesday we found out that the carpet installers can finally come and make up their previously canceled time. If they didn't come Wednesday, they couldn't come for a month. So, they did carpet on Wednesday. We had company coming on Thursday so we had to stay up most of the night putting our house back together. Then, company arrived on Thursday afternoon. We still hadn't had time to do laundry or grocery shopping.

The short story of our full and blessed week
Last weekend we got to spend the entire weekend with Grammy. Oh boy, did we have fun. Including setting up a blog for her. Then we had a chance to see just how much our students had learned this past quarter. In the middle of the week we were blessed enough to have new carpet through our entire house. It's gorgeous! My sweet mother knew we were in a time bind so she gave up her evening and came to help us put the house back together. Just a day later we had some of our best friends come visit from Oregon. Best of all, we still have the entire weekend to enjoy time with them. What could be better?


Yes, my life is busy. But, I prefer the word full. I believe that our words affect our attitudes. And, I believe our attitudes affect everything. What things are making your life full and blessed right now? I really do want to know what's going on with you.



Our view last night as the grown ups watched the sun sink below the trees while the kids enjoyed an amazing playground.

42 comments:

Tabitha@ichoosebliss said...

Relyn, I prefer the word full as well. It's sounds as if you had an awesome time filled with goodness. (:

Heart2Heart said...

Relyn,

I would agree that full is so much better than busy. Busy makes it sound like a chore and a bother. Full is a more positive way to say it was well worth it all.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Tracy said...

Full...that is a great way to describe a busy life. I like using ABUNDANT! Abundant lends a sweeter and postive touch. Lately I notice the work busy tasting negative...hhhmmm... Your days sound very, very busy, Relyn--but that good busy :o) We're having some extra going on ourselves too as hubby & I are doing some painting & wallpapering on top of all else--LOL! Busy...but good, and looking good too. ;o) Happy Days, my friend ((HUGS))

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

For many years I had that "busy" life going on. One child or the other (or both) had a sporting event, a concert and always homework each night. Weekends were busy with kid events, household chores and so on. I also had a busy job and for a time I was finishing a degree in the midst of it.

We moved at the same time our youngest left for college. I had to leave my job behind as well as our friends and social life. Suddenly, the house didn't get messy, the meals became smaller, the laundry easy to manage, the phone quiet and the hours of the day quite long sometimes.

I've adjusted and now we travel more, I find creative outlets and I've learned to love having order in my house most of time. The point being that sometimes hectic and busy can overwhelm us, but when it stops...and it will for most of us...the quiet is more disturbing than the noise.

Of course we are cleaning carpets this weekend, had the grandkids for a while yesterday, have another trip planned in the next couple of weeks and my parents coming for 2 weeks the day after we get home. Loved your post.

Sue

smith kaich jones said...

Oh, a beautiful, wake up and smell the roses post. And very timely - I was hovering over my keyboard this morning, thinking about my crazy year, and decided it had been full. Thought too much & didn't post anything & then found my way here.

:) Debi

PixieDust said...

What a beautiful glass-half-full post! Yes, life is full, writing, crafting, cooking, hoping, dreaming, living, loving - everything I ever wanted...

:-)

(((hugs))),
love,
me

Char said...

I like full too - it means to me, enjoyed. Where busy sounds like a chore.

Jeanne said...

I love you
Happy Sweetest Day
I love you ♥

Sweet Nothings said...

Sometimes the business or "fullness" of life get a bit overwhelming. When you helped me set up my blog, I thought, what am I doing....just one more thing to do, but oh, how I have enjoyed the time you took out of your full schedule to come and visit with me last weekend and help me set this up! Thanks, Relyn. I love you. Grammy

Suz said...

Busy, full...as long as it is a lived life
"Let me not get caught with one regret on my breath"
Wishing you blessings for the new week

Jeanie said...

I think my counselor would call this "reframing." If she didn't, she should -- it's such a perfect example of seeing the joy, not the dark; the warmth, not the cold; the beauty, not the mess. You're right -- we're all busy, and in that busy-ness, we're building warm times with friends, a lovely garden, sweet-smelling sheets, and beautiful memories. And this makes me smile.

Laura said...

I am very lucky that right now my husband is making some dinner and singing loudly in the kitchen while he does it!

I am lucky that I tried a new thing today.....Fuji apple with vanilla yogurt and cinnamon sprinkled on top!

We went to the library too!!!!

I am very blessed to have you in my life leaving such wonderful and welcomed comments.

I have not had much time to myself to just be and get in touch with the quieter side of life; I have a minute now and I am so thankful for it. I can feel myself coming into focus.

I am always inspired to do that when I come visit you here.

love
laura

beth said...

this post is one of the many reasons we love you!

you are an angel...don't think you can hide from us....I see your wings !!

and a full life....wow, that sounds fabulous !

Ragamuffin Gal said...

mY LIFE IS SO FULL right now that I could only visit one blog tonight ~ and guess which one I chose to visit??? And I chose good! I love you my friend!
Oh mercy..guess what the letters of my word verification is...? messes .. go figure!

Joanne said...

We all make a choice on how we want to see our lives. I love your spin here, and find "full" so much richer and rewarding than "busy!"

Elisa Day said...

Lovely post. I had to come to visit and sit by your fire.

Kamana said...

i like that concept. my life is full, very full at the moment. But I would like to make more room in it for things I enjoy doing - especially time spent my family.

Jessica said...

Yes, I really like 'full' as well. Right now I am study, study, studying for my final master's exam. It seems like this will consume my next few weeks...but in a month it will all be over!

Marilyn Miller said...

I love how you described your "full" life. I will remember to do that the next time I start to say I am busy.

My life if "full" recuperating from a wonderful trip and preparing to throw a special birthday party for a special friend next weekend. I can't wait. I hope it turns out just the way I want it to.

Wildflower Studio (Michelle Dransart) said...

Love it! I totally agree with you. I am definitely going to try and make the word "full" my new word!
Thanks for sharing!

TheChicGeek said...

Relyn, great post! I agree with you absolutely that our attitudes affect our lives. I am a glass half-full kind of girl, and I know you are too. We are blessed with full lives! When we take a look at the ordinary events in our life, with the right attitude and open eyes we can find extraordinary blessings!

Thank you for the beautiful post!
And, thank you for coming and wishing me Happy Birthday while I was away. You are one of those extraordinary blessings :D

Hugs and Love to You, Relyn!

Have a Happy Sunday!

A Cuban In London said...

I could not agree more with your post. Yes, busy has come to signify a negative trait in terms of time-keeping. Full is better. Many thanks.

Greetings from Londo.

elk said...

so much better...your image says it all and then the words you share make it clear!

Gayle said...

A full life is a wonderful thing!

Jaime said...

Just a slight shift in perspective..and magic happens.

What a powerful thing..the words we choose. I will be more mindful today of the thoughts and words I use.

Thank you xo

dutchbaby said...

Full! That's a great word! Thank you for, yet again, putting a positive spin on life.

I bet your carpet's beautiful. Now is a good time to lie on your tummies and play a great board game.

meandering pearl said...

im full too!
i think blogging has that effect of helping us word things in a positive light & shines an appreciative light on our hearts!!!
lots of precious wishes
{& hooray for the new carpet!!!}

Enigma said...

What a wonderful way to look at it Relyn. The word busy can sometimes make you feel so tired. My life is full with classes, work, taking care of myself and loving on family and friends. It is wonderfully, blessedly full.

Patti said...

I agree- busy is a negative sounding word...I, too, much prefer abundant. Sometimes there might be too much abundance it's hard to fit it all in, but I feel it's a little more positive. Hope your week is wonderful!!! Please let me know how things are going in the classroom (as per my last email). I have had some major challenges myself as of late and it's been very difficult as well as "abundant"-lol!

Derrick said...

Hi Relyn,

It's good that you can look at life this way. Full sounds good even if it isn't always! Hope you have a slightly less full time this week. And make sure everyone floats above the new carpet!

Maithri said...

Whenever I come here, beloved,

My heart is full...brim full with hope in humanity... with love for the world...

You are an angel of the light and i love you,

M

Dandy said...

I always say busy and never thought about it. But my life is so full... full of wedding plans, happy tears, slow dancing in the middle of the room, laughter and clapping. You can almost hear the sounds of dreams coming true in this home of ours.

Here I am crying again. I am just overflowing these days.

margie said...

ha, thank you!! give your head a shake posts are the best.

Mrs. E said...

I love, Love, LOVE the word "full" instead of busy. Puts a positive spin on it. It just makes me happier thinking of it that way! Thank you!!

What makes my life full-- the end of the nine weeks at school, ParentTeacher conferences, a weekend with the HS girlfriends, and my family. And now I'm appreciating the fullness!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Perfect! Busy sounds so impersonal compared to having a full weekend. I was once told that if we look for the bad, it will surely find us. So here's to looking for the good and living full lives!

Christina said...

Life is full and gorgeous!
Enjoy~
xo

karey m. said...

did i ever tell you one of my biggest peeves? the one thing you could say that would make me scrunch up my nose and frown and think that we might not be as compatible as i once thought...

if you were all "i'm so busy."

grrr.

who isn't? that's like telling someone the sky is up there. yeah. i got that. now isn't it a genius blue today?

way more interesting. and good to know i'll never have to scrunch up my nose or frown at you. hee. xoxo.

elizabeth said...

this is one of those posts that I think I need to share.

it is just what I need to be reminded of, and so very true.

I'm glad your week was so full of love!

Southern Drawl said...

Again, perfect! Full and oh so true...Thanks :)

spread your wings said...

i love this post. Full. yes such a better way to look at it. our attitudes do make all the difference. thank you so much for showing us how.
love you!

susanna said...

Yeesh! You ARE busy! I'm glad that you had that trip to St.Louis!

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Thanks for reminding me to say full instead of busy...I am fortunate in so many ways but often let negativity pull me down...

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