The Day I Truly Began to Live


If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ve probably discovered a common theme in every post… This post is no different. — I’m posting it a day early. Do something special tomorrow, will you? It doesn’t have to be something extraordinary; truly, the best things to me are finding the extraordinary in the ordinary… 

Out of the 365 days in a year, I bet almost every one of us have at least one or two dates in the year, besides special birthdays, that we remember. Some of us recall good times on those dates or we recall bad times – things that changed our lives and caused us to live differently. One of those dates for me is December 1. I usually begin thinking about the date the week before it comes.

Over the years I’ve tried my best to do something that would make it a happy occasion. One year I held a fun dinner party for my family and friends, and we all wore funny Christmas hats. Ridiculous sounding, isn’t it? It was.

Christmas and the holidays are a difficult time for a lot of people – a busy time too. Besides choosing to do something “happy” on a day that brought me so much sadness as a preteen, I’ve also learned to do something daily and it can be something as simple as putting away all of my distractions [READ: cell phone] and just choosing to live in the moment and do silly things I did as a kid like finding funny shapes in the clouds.

This morning, while working out, I chose to take in the full magnificent view right in front of me. To me, it’s one of the most beautiful views in our rural county. Could you imagine a person not enjoying that view (pictured above) simply because they were too busy looking at a device or looking down just going along with their regular routine?

I’m thankful that over these past 35 years God continues to remind me daily never to take my life for granted, even though sometimes I still do. I’m guilty.

Today, I’m writing this post in honor of my brother Doug who chose to end his life on this day. He died on December 1, 1982. It was the day he died… and the day I truly began to live. Maybe it’s a day you decide to fully live too.

I love this song I just happened to find on a Google search. It’s a good one. Listen. God has great plans for all of us.

One thought on “The Day I Truly Began to Live

  1. Lisa, thank you so much for helping me and your mother setup the new phones. Your post expresses the thoughts of all of us in the family about Doug. You have nice thoughts. God bless you. Love, Dad

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