October 19, 2017

Enjoy Your Ride by Lillian Sanderson

During a recent conversation with one of my adult daughters, she mentioned her disappointment in the ending of a book we had both read.  We both were immediately drawn into the story, hated to put it down, yet would have liked a different conclusion.

 

This reminded me of something I have heard for years, the old saying “Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.” To me it means that along the road we travel there is beauty and enjoyment to be found if we just look for it.  Most of the time these are everyday, simple things we can observe.

 

My mother always looked up at the moon and praised its beauty as if it was something new and exciting.  And to this day, I am still awed when I see the bright full moon or the little tiny sliver in a dark sky.  When my mom was quite elderly, I would call her and tell her to go the window and see the moon, and we would share our oohs and ahhs.

 

One of the first baby tricks I loved to teach my 5 children and then grandchildren was pointing to the moon and saying “mooooon.”  My little ones always responded to this and easily repeated it when the moon would reappear.   My favorite child poem is:

 

I see the moon and the moon sees me

God bless the moon and God bless me.

 

Sometimes the final event is just not what we expect; it just may not live up to the hype. It might be the TV series that ended with a finale that left us annoyed we spent months watching it…..so what?  That ending doesn’t matter if we enjoyed the fun of each preceding episode.

 

The dinner at the restaurant is not quite as delicious as what we could cook ourselves…forget about it!  The conversation with our dinner partners would have been great even if only we had bread and water, right?   If we made the journey as important as the final destination, there would be more of a who cares attitude when and if the end is not so great.

 

Heading to a goal or a finish line is too often the only focus.  If we learn to enjoy the ride, we can appreciate the little pleasures around us every day.

 

And the older I get, the more I appreciate each day’s ride.  I wish I had learned this lesson as a little kid and truly enjoyed the ride through my childhood.

 

Lillian is a midwestern mother of 5 grown children and a grandmother of 10.

 

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