Enjoy the little things

Not yet old but way past young I’m staring another birthday in the face still wondering where I fit in to this crazy world. Life is a mystery I’m unraveling as I go. In my heart I’m still a little girl looking for acceptance.

Memories of defining moments dotted throughout my life randomly flash through my mind at the oddest times.  I never want to forget these memories because they make me who I am, for better or worse.

In this snowballing culture of greed and excess I strive to live my life simply and with compassion. Sometimes I satisfy my own expectations but other times I let myself down.  That’s okay, I’ll keep trying. Every day brings another chance to try again.

I live a comfortable life and want for nothing. Possessions are nice to have but they are just things. The love of my husband, my three children and my little dog mean more to me than anything else in the world. These people give me purpose and make my life worthwhile. They make me laugh, love, hurt and swell with pride.  They make me feel.

My wish is for people to take time to enjoy the little things that make them smile. A smile brightens everyone’s day.  I’ve chosen some picture quotes reflecting  messages I’d like to share with you on my birthday 26 June 2014.

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44 thoughts on “Enjoy the little things

  1. Happy belated birthday. I wish you only good health, love, and peace. I just passed my 50th birthday recently, I sure do know what that ‘looking back’ is about. I hope I can continue to look forward more without revisiting those certain thoughts about how I could have or might have done things differently in my past which create doubt or a touch of regret. I must learn to accept that which I have no control over, and that which I cannot redo— that is the hardest habit to break.


    1. During the past two years of my life journey I have learned to look back without judging myself about the decisions I did or didn’t make. I accept myself for who I am today and realise I did my best. I wish time would slow down. It only seems like a short time ago I was in my 20s and 30s when in fact it is 20+ years. Thank you for responding to my post, you are always welcome here. Love Jenna


  2. What a great post sweet Jenna. The little things are usually the most wonderful things in life. Happy Birthday!! Your little dog is just precious. Hugs and nose kisses for you both from me and mine.


  3. Happy belated birthday, or happy un-birthday (to you, to me), whichever way you would like to look at it 😉 I think at our core we all crave acceptance. I am as guilty as anyone at seeking for that acceptance on the outside too often. However, as your quote so eloquently states, acceptance is about seeing with the heart instead of seeing with the eyes. And when we can look inward and accept ourselves, there is so much peace in that moment. And those “little things”, I can certainly vouch for that they become those defining moments that you speak of in your very first sentence. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful message, and best wishes for many more happy birthdays (and un-birthdays) 🙂


  4. Happy birthday Jenna, amazing quotes, some of them really make me smile 🙂 Relative to the meaning of life, here is my gift for you, a native american quote:

    “What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. – Blackfoot”

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  5. When it all comes down to it Jenna, it’s the simple things in life that mean the most – and are the most valuable, but it takes years to realize it!


  6. Happy Birthday! I not only accept you, but am a great fan of your writing skills – such a strong storyteller. It’s something that I aspire to be, and you inspire me 🙂 Peace to you . . .


  7. Happy birthday to you and your girl. Look what I found:

    Hey sweet lonely girl
    Hold your head high
    Know that you are beautiful
    And be inspired by the miracle of motherhood.
    Smile more
    Share more
    Care less about what others think
    And never lose sight of your inner light.
    Don’t be afraid
    Love yourself
    Dare to dream
    And the rest will take care of itself.

    May you be a guiding light for her, yourself and others.
    Val x


    1. Thank you Val. You are so thoughtful to share my words back to me. I’ve learned a lot and I am much kinder to myself these days. Love to you from Jenna


  8. I sure relate to your first sentences, Jenna. I’ve reached the “almost old” age that I believed people were supposed to settle in to their place in life. And I am only beginning to get a bit of a grasp on it. I need about 30 more years to settle in! I sometimes ask myself, what if it was really simple all along, and I struggled for the answers needlessly? The dilemma of a ponderer! Your family, pup, sound so sweet, a gift . . .


    1. I think you are right when you said “what if it was really simple all along, and I struggled for the answers needlessly?”. It took me many years to realise that complete acceptance of who we are is the key to living a contented life.Love to you from Jenna


  9. Happy Birthday.. I love what you said about what is important. That is my experience too.
    seeing with your heart.. love that. I just scribble something like that in my notebook…
    I embrace all that is messy and untamed.. because I have learned to listen with my heart…
    will end up in a note. I just started being able to journal a little. It used to be too much.
    Have a wonderful birthday. I am so glad you are here. ❤


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