Look at me now!

Art flowerI’m pretty fortunate.

I hope that by saying that, I am not tempting fate and inviting disaster.  And I hope accepting this abundance is ok.

Last night I read about what daily life was like in 14th century England and India.  Then I read about how the first transatlantic telegraph came about, cutting the speed of information from weeks down to minutes.  When you ponder all the conveniences we have today, it’s mind-boggling really.

I feel like I “have it all.” I have a very supportive family.  Mr. B is a true confidant and partner, and he works very hard to support our little family.  Because of him, we can travel to cool places.  We have savings.  We have a lovely home.  Because of him, I get to spend my days doing what I love – creating art, writing, reading, and taking care of the 3 of us.  I get to experience being a mother, and to a wonderful little girl at that.  I was born intelligent, curious, and creative.  I get to be myself and create whatever experience I want.  How lucky am I???

I do wonder if perhaps I had some past lives that weren’t so hot.  Maybe I’m somehow owed this pleasurable experience? Or have I evolved to this point?

When my greatest struggle is how I’m going to take the cat to the vet AND be home to let the housekeeper in, well… you see my point! I am definitely busy, but it’s by choice and I can change my mind.  Volunteering in the school and going to so many committee meetings is helping me to feel part of a community and to meet new people.

I was just this morning listening to the receptionist at the vet tell some story about her great-grandchildren in Kentucky.  I honestly could care less and I really wanted to get on with my errands, but I think giving her a couple minutes of eye contact and smiles made her feel seen and heard, and maybe she doesn’t get that very often.  I feel fortunate that I could do that for her as well.

It’s so easy to get bogged down in the mundane details… What do you feel fortunate about in your life?

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3 Responses to Look at me now!

  1. I agree with the way you feel very much. I am also very fortunate, not only do I have the ability to travel hundreds of miles in a day, easily and listening to whatever music I like, my problems seem to be centered around fitting all the things I want to do into my schedule. I think a big part of this is the modern economy, which produces amazing things, like personal automobiles. That did “evolve” to bring us where we are today. I appreciate the less visible parts of it too, like sewer systems, which keep so many deadly diseases from spreading like they used to, in the bad old days. My great grandfather was an engineer in Iowa who developed some of those invisible things. I don’t think you need to feel guilty about being so fortunate, but it’s also healthy to know people who cover the entire socioeconomic rainbow. So many of my friends have very demanding jobs that they suffer in, and I get to go to a low-pressure pleasant office with an office mate who is both very courteous and very well read. I also get paid well to solve interesting problems that have practical value, because UNAVCO’s goal is to help scientists get the data to solve important global problems related to earthquakes and other geological hazards. I feel very fortunate too. 🙂

  2. Cheryl says:

    I think those of us who are so fortuante should always give back, which I know you do. To appreciate all that we have and not take it for granted is the thing…Enjoy your gifts and talents and be grateful for your wonderful daughter and husband and for sure that kitty…You are well rounded in all your endeavors…and a gift to your family and friends…

  3. Naomi says:

    You are too kind. Thank you!

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