Sunday, January 6, 2013

Where I Had A Flashback to Mendocino

Yes, I am a winter-morning fashionista!

This morning found me in my living room with Hubs, enjoying a hot cup of coffee while we watched the rain turn our window scape into a soft grey-blue cast. Pandora was giving us gentle instrumental background music and I was in my cozy-costume. 

To my surprise, I was suddenly transported to one of our favorite holiday destinations. We love visiting Mendocino, and walking leisurely through the quirky little shops and galleries along the gorgeous coastline. 

We started going there early in our marriage for short anniversary get-aways. It was such a luxurious change from our tiny studio basement apartment. We would wander slowly through the shops that were each filled with classical music and complimentary glasses of wine. The atmosphere was so rich with....richness and high quality, that it was like visiting a different planet! 

Hubs would humor me and follow me in and out of one tiny store after another for quite a while. Then I would turn around and see that he was sitting outside on a bench looking at the ocean while waiting for me to get my fill. 

Every once in a while, I remember one store in particular, my heart would get a little dissatisfied and envious of the fine linens, kitchen decorations and expensive clothing items for sale. The prices were ridiculous and we did plenty of that not-so-subtle whispering in shock at the high cost of this life-style.

For some reason, this morning I looked around at my pale yellow living room walls, comfy couches and the hot nectar in my mug. I took in the art pieces on our walls from artist friends and our pretty wood-wanna-be floors. I heard the beautiful music and it all felt....... luxurious. It felt lush and rich and perfect.

And it took me back to those days of walking through little galleries and gift shops in Mendocino. I have that life. I have beauty and contentment and comfort all around me. My pillow cases do not cost $75 each, and it's time to repaint the walls, but we have come a long way from the studio with the hide-a-bed couch where I could easily answer the front door while lying in bed. 

I have a habit of looking at the "I don't haves" while not even seeing the "I do haves". There will always be something more we want or need or want to need. How silly is it to focus my eyes beyond all the goodness that is around me right now, today? 

I'm wondering if God gave me that tiny flashback to remind me to embrace all the beauty and goodness that is my life today. He loves me enough to do that, I believe. Peace and contentment are big ingredients to embracing life to its fullest. Thank you Father. 
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11 comments:

  1. Having just been to your lovely home, I can say you are very rich indeed.

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  2. I think it must be a phase in life, when you're young and just starting to dream about your "ideal" home and how you would decorate it. I went through similar thing-lusts. But now, like you, I find contentment in our simplicity (and relief I'm not up to my eyeballs in debt).

    I admit, though, I do get the "lusties" when I'm in the big city cruising through stores of when I used to haunt Pinterest. Ultimately, it kind of sickens me, so back to feeling content for what I own. I'll take the views out my window any day!

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    1. Yeah Julie, it is partly an age thing. But it is also a slow lesson I am learning about always wanting the next level, not being satisfied with what is all around me currently. Kinda like walking our dog, she is never happy with where she is, always pulling forward!

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  3. "Peace and contentment are big ingredients to embracing life to its fullest." I so agree, my friend. Thanks for linking with UNITE today & posting the badge on your blog! Hope many will click here to find The Peace that surpasses our understanding & the tranquility that only He can give!

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    1. Jen, yay for coming by so quickly! I love meeting new people online and the brand new interactions that follow. I loved your site and the Encouragement Challenge!

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  4. Ah! I'm a little behind in my reading...but I love how you "embraced" your present place to the fullest. That is all we can be sure of, what we have right now, today. Tomorrow is not promised to us, and yesterday is gone...so we need to embrace the beautiful time called "today" while it is yet "today". We can always dream of better places and things, but today is all that really matters right now. Embrace it! Enjoy it! Time is fleeting. Thankfully, we have all that we really need ....and the best is yet to come!

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  5. Susie - I'm glad I found you by way of Wendy McCance's site. I love your writing and can relate to your philosophy. I'm looking forward to connecting with you and reading more stories and observations. Thank you - your site is refreshing and I get the real you.

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    1. Hi Pat! Thanks so much for coming by! I just skipped on over to your blog and I love it, I read about your recently published e-book and was so inspired. I've played with the idea so many times and always talked myself our of it. Bravo to you for clicking that final button!

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  6. I love this...and those ...um, how do you say it foot apparel? Oh how good it is to keep the what we haves in the forefront of our minds. ANd sweet of God to whisk you there without you going anywhere at all. With you in the journey...for all it's worth this year!

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    1. Thanks Dawn. Question: Do you get a notification when I REPLY to the comments on my blog? Asking this question is a test to see if you do. Ha!

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