Thought(s) of the Day: Inspirational and/or amusing Nuggets of Wisdom

Advent, like its cousin Lent, is a season for prayer and reformation in our hearts. Take time to be aware that in the very midst of our busy preparations for the celebration of Christ's birth, Christ is reborn in our homes and daily lives. Take time, slow down, be still, be awake to the Divine Mystery that looks so common and so ordinary yet is wondrously present.
~Edward Hays

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.
~John E. Southard

Friday, June 25, 2010

Better Eat Your Wheaties!

Summer, is that you? Already?! But it seems like just yesterday I was losing the battle against my spring allergies. And today I find myself roasting in your 90 degree heat. The speed at which time passes never ceases to amaze me. I can hardly believe we'll be celebrating our country's independence next weekend.
I've been enjoying a week of rest and silence at home as my boys are with their father for a bit. I miss them terribly but have welcomed the relaxing break. I forgot how nice it is to sleep with "both ears closed," so to speak. I've been hearing their Star Wars themed daycamp adventure stories every evening in our nightly phone conversations. Ethan has set some world records this week for lengthiest phone call made by an almost 7 year old. Did I just say 7 year old?! Wait, that can't be right. I'm not old enough to have a 7 year old! Have I mentioned how quickly time passes?!
During one of the evening conversations, Preston made a bold prediction. He asked me if I knew who the 3 greatest athletes in the world were. "No, tell me," I replied. Matter of factly (and with a little frustration because I obviously should have known the answer immediately) he says, "Really? Mommy?" .....brief pause, hoping I'll come to my senses and answer his question correctly..... "You know Peyton Manning is one. And of course, Michael Jordan is one." Of course, Manning and Jordan*. Everyone knows that. So I excitedly ask him who rounds out the top 3 best athletes in the world. Again, candidly and confidently (and with more pride than frustration) he exclaims, "Preston M-----! Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, and Preston M----- are the 3 greatest athletes in the world, Mommy!"
Talk about shooting for the moon. That's okay, though. With his confidence, coordination, and drive, I have no doubt he will be a great athlete if he chooses to be. Whether he'll be one of the greatest in the world- we'll leave that discussion for another day. I'm reminded of an anonymous quote I recently came across, "God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow into them."
So here's to growing into our dreams! And here's to hoping everyone has a wonderful, summer weekend!

*For the record, I realize Michael Jordan might not be the best role model a kid could have. He's had his share of indiscretions over the years, but hey - the man can fly! I'm just happy he didn't include himself in a group with Tiger Woods!