Living The Best Life

The more I live the more I realize how much our society seems to revolve around what we can accumulate. Our media is full of rapid-fire commercials, sound bytes, and infomercials that urge us to get, to buy, to see, and to get better at accumulating more.

Now I’m not against marketing, since professionally I do marketing for others. However, the way our lives are impacted by the barrage of inducements to accumulate often leaves us with a sense that life is meant to be lived to gain. It leaves one with the feeling that to live the best life is by accumulating more things.

This morning I was viewing New Morning on the Hallmark station. One segment focused on a woman who does folk art. Two events motivated her towards engaging in this gift of talent she had not used before.

First, her mother had died. The emptiness was fierce in her heart. One day she walked into a store and, almost as if guided wandered into the crafts and sewing department. There she saw the embroidery section, which reminded her of her mother’s love of the craft.

She listened to a faint calling buried deep in her heart, and began her own craft of folk art with lace, paint, and embroidery creating pictures on cloth that tell the stories of African American history. Stories passed down by generations in her own family. Her own mother’s silhouette is often the faces of her stories.

Then 9-11 exploded on the scene. Her husband was on the 47th floor of one of the towers. He came home that night exhausted, and with the heartbreaking news that their 30-year-old son, who was a minister, had perished that day. His mother’s heart ripped from her soul.

The remarkable ending of this story, was she found her vocation and her heart widening arising from the ashes of her grief. She had a dream to live in the country and her dream came true as her husband, and she found a 23-acre farm in an Amish community.

Here she expanded her folk art selling them from a small white building on their property. She gives 90% of her proceeds towards a scholarship set up in the name of her son and to charity. Her son’s prayer for her was that she would discover a “creative miracle.” She has. She said, “It’s not about what you get–It’s about what you give, you get back.”

How often have the dreams to do something special with a talent given by the Creator been buried thinking some day we’ll have the time to paint, or create a business, write a book, or learn to play an instrument.

Debbie Ford, a bestselling author, has a simple book out called “The Best Year of Your Life, Dream It. Plan It. Live It”. The message is simple. Start living your life each day with an intention that it will be the best day of your life.

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