Tulip

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Tulip

For the past 2 and a half months we have been blessed to have a beautiful foster baby in our home. She has been a true pleasure and she has enriched our lives in countless ways. We are now facing the very real possibility of her being taken from our home and placed with some of her blood relatives. Not having her with us in almost unthinkable after growing to love her, but that is what we now face. Leah and I have decided and we continue to remind one another to savor each day and each moment we have with her and to try our best not to focus on the potential future pain. The immediacy of this situation probably translates well to the rest of our lives. Lets live for today and not tomorrow for who knows what tomorrow holds. Right now, at this very moment there is a beautiful baby sleeping contentedly in the next room. The greatest gift we can give her or anyone in our lives is our love today, and if we get the chance tomorrow, we’ll do it again!

Look Up

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Put down the phone and connect with one another! Life is happening, take part.

Our good friend Jessy is currently working on her Masters degree in social work. This of course does not surprise us a bit as we have grown and evolved together since our college days, and watched her awareness and compassion grow. Jessy is now constantly introducing us to new great ideas which she has discovered on this new adventure. One of these is http://www.trackyourhappiness.org/. Basically it is a data collection through text message that allows you to look at the correlation between your happiness and several factors throughout your day. The spoken word video shared above suggests that often our happiest moments are when we are connected to other people. Jamie had learned through using this tool that, quite shockingly to him, his most happy times are in fact at the coffee shop just spending time with friends and family. If you asked anyone (inclduing Jamie) they would have told you Jamie’s happiest moments were of course on his bike. The irony of this obviously is that to “Track Your Happiness” it does indeed involve a smart phone. . . . Perhaps one of next posts should include balance.

Less Equals More – Live Simply

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http://www.ted.com/talks/graham_hill_less_stuff_more_happiness

Having less stuff = more time to do the things you enjoy doing. Living small lowers your impact on the planet, while at the same time frees you of the responsibilities of maintaining all that stuff. The amount of material goods, beyond a minimum comfort, level is inversely proportional to happiness. Some of us have more stuff than we need, some have more responsibilities than are good for us, and some of us just have mental clutter. What could you unload to free up some time and space? Check it out!