With a post title like that, I could be talking about my awesome THRIVE Life fruits! Haha. But I'm not.
Reading hasn't been as much of a priority lately. I want it to be. But it just isn't. There are so many other things on my plate. However, I am managing to get a little reading in here and there, and currently I am reading a book by Sheri Dew called No One Can Take Your Place. And I'm loving it. I particularly enjoyed the chapter I was reading today, because it was about one of my favorite couples: Gordon and Marjorie Hinckley. And, though I had already recognized the special woman Marjorie Pay Hinckley was (is), I came to see it even more after reading a quote of hers from this book.
You see... I'm a bit of a past-dweller. I am always looking back and grieving the loss of what was. It's a terrible thing, really, because it robs me of the opportunity to enjoy what is. And what is yet to come.
I'm working on it. Because my life is a gift. Yes, there are things I wish were the way they were instead of the way they are. But I really can't do anything about that, so I need to just let it go and move forward. Enjoy the blessings of today, because they are plenty and amazing. Life is an adventure, each and every day.
So the quote from the book that got me... It was Marjorie Hinckley's response to her daughter, who had recently moved to Hawaii and was missing the cherries in her parents' backyard. Marjorie told her daughter, "Don't grieve over the cherries. Enjoy the pineapple and mangoes."
Such a wonderful life lesson summed up in a statement that, superficially, is about fruit.
Because, yes, the cherries -- I'm sure -- were wonderful. But they aren't the only wonderful fruit. And I may have cherries again in the future, but there will come a day when the mangoes and pineapple aren't at my fingertips. So I need to enjoy them while I can.
And so I shall try...
Here's one thing that's been keeping me super-busy (or should I say TWO, since I'm working on two at the same time... It seems I never just make one I-Spy Quilt ;)).
And here are my pineapple and mango ;)... Actually, when I really step back and see how much my babies have grown, I know. I know intellectually that the time is short. When I feel Corbin's little toddler arms around my neck as he gives me one of his sweetest hugs (after going to the store without him and then returning home ;)), I realize that there will come a time when I will forget what those little toddler arms feel like around my neck hugging me so tight. In fact, I've already forgotten what Lynnaea's felt like back then.