Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sittin' on the Riverbank

Recently, one of my young, very busy friends commented that she was having trouble keeping her head above water. My reply to her: Sometimes you just need to get out of the river and sit on the riverbank!

I know that's easier said than done, but we all need time to "chill" . . . "hang out" . . . "stop and smell the roses" . . . simply put, we need to relax. Sometimes life gets so full of living that we forget to enjoy the simple pleasures all around us.

This past week has been full of family and fun. So, amidst all the good times, it was extra special to have a few minutes to "sit on the riverbank" - literally - with three of our four grands. Not only was it a much-needed rest from our walk in downtown Natchitoches, but these were moments John David added to our long list of "cherished memories."

And those are the memories that we can recall in the busyness of life . . . and be refreshed . . . 'til we can get back to the riverbank!
"Hey, Mister!
Where you going in such a hurry?
Don't you think it's time you realized
There's a whole lot more to life than work and worry?
The sweetest things in life are free,
And they're right before your eyes.
You got to stop and smell the roses;
You've got to count your many blessings every day."

(Anyone my age or older remember this old Mac Davis song?)


Nancy said...

Of course, I remember that song! I loved it then, and I still sing it to myself every now and then. :) We have rose bushes growing out in front of our school, and sometimes when they have blooms, I stop on the way in (or out) of school and inhale their beautiful aroma. And when I do, that song always starts going through my mind. :) It's a keeper...just like this post! :)

Chrystal said...

Thank you for this. I find myself working too much and playing too little. I don't want to wake up one day and my playmates be gone. God has given me so much more in my life than I deserve or ever dreamed of. Today, this day-I'm going to play with my shortest playmates. The "songs" He has given you are beautiful & inspirational. Keep spreading his message for all to hear and see.

JMBMOMMY said...

I like that-get out of the river and get on the riverbank. I taking time out is sooo important--life can get so busy.

Btw, love going to Natchitoches for Christmas. I grew up in Shreveport and was born in Alexandria--so Louisiana is home to me :)