Friday, May 1, 2009

Life Rocks!

Another week has come and gone, and I thought, what a great opportunity to honor life's magnificence. It's not because anything particularly "wonderful" happened this week (unless you consider two new requests for partials wonderful, which, OK, I do); it's just because life - well it kind of rocks!

Each changing season, each new day, every "I love you" from your kid, partner, friend or family member, is cause for utter celebration. I don't know about you, but I tend to kinda sorta take these giganto miracles for granted. Not always - sometimes I'm actually present enough to "get" the wonder of life, but usually I'm so "in my head" about writing, or laundry, what I'm going to have for dinner, or if I'll get my daily fix of Starbuck's soy, chai-tea latte (no water) - you know, the important stuff - that I miss out on what is happening. Now.

Now, don't go getting all Bill O'Reilly on me. I know this stuff' IS important (especially my chai tea!), it's just that I tend to make it WAY more important than it needs to be.

So, to all my beautiful, blogging buds out there - I wish you a breathtakingly magical weekend. Notice the birds chirping, the flowers blooming, the smiles on your children's faces. Notice the purr of your kitties or the bark of your dog. Feel the rain on your face; the sun on your skin. Most of all, be present to the magnificence that is your life and to your greatest gift of all - the precious present.

(Funny side note - I lost a spelling bee in the 6th grade because of the word "precious." Well, not because of the word, per se, but because I didn't know how to spell it. I was pretty sure there was another "s" in there somewhere (prescious, perhaps?). I still have to look it up practically every time I write it (like now, for example.) It took me years to get past that. OK, I'm lying. I've never gotten over it. I'm permanently scarred. Talk about NOT being in the present!!!)

And, last, but certainly not least, after you leave me an adoring comment, do yourself a favor and hop on over to my dear friend Jenni's place. She's got a totally rad give-away going on; that is if you love antique books half as much as I do.;-)

Here's Jenni doing a Vanna White with a very old and special book. Doesn't she look purty?


32 comments:

Beth said...

Great advice...there are times that I sit out on the deck, lean my head back, listen to the birds or the breeze in the trees, and feel the sun on my face. If anyone saw me at moments like that, they'd see an extremely idiotic smile on my face. And sometimes when I'm riding my bike down the road, I like to sing my little biking song, which sounds something like, "Deedee deedee dee deeee dee." I enjoy myself. :D Beth

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Especially on days when I'm feeling blah, it helps to really stop and listen to the sounds around me like the birds singing or the dogs barking or kids playing. It's a wake up call for me.

DebraLSchubert said...

Beth, Those extremely idiotic smiles are messages from the universe telling you you're doing something right with your life. So is enjoying yourself - good for you!!!

DebraLSchubert said...

CCD, We all need wake-up calls, that's for darn sure. I usually need one a few times a day. Fortunately, I snap out of those "blah" moods quickly. Life's too short for the "feeling sorry for myself blues."

giddymomof6 said...

Ooh! I love this post! And not because I'm on it either... lol! But because life does rock! This is awesome! And good luck on the giveaway! Jenni

DebraLSchubert said...

Jenni, Thanks, girlfriend. Life really does rock, doesn't it? I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I win this one. (Could you put in a good word for me?)

FrankandMary said...

Life is engulfingly beautiful, if you just don't let the bad buzz in. Some days, I am very good at blocking the buzz, other days not so much. It balances. None of us do the here.right.now. all the time, but at least we do it some of the time.

I found you thru Beth's blog..~Mary

DebraLSchubert said...

Mary, Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll become a faithful follower. It's kind of a cult thing, but not really. Like life, Beth totally rocks.

And, you're right. We're present some of the time. I'm just trying to nudge it to be a little, teensy, eensy, weensy bit more. A girl can dream, can't she?;-)

Anita said...

Debby: I have to laugh whether you're going over to Murph Blog for his contest---earwax and booger eating and such...just your cup of tea (NOT!). Life does rock!

DebraLSchubert said...

Anita, Yeah, uh, I think I'll skip that one. I love his blog, but you know me - I'm WAY too much of a JAP for all that icky stuff.;-)

Indigo said...

Definitely sounds like things are rocking your way. As for the beauty of Spring, I'm surrounded by it. We have multiple crab apple trees in bloom around our property and in the woods. The scent is intoxicating and beautiful. As for spelling Spellcheck is a loyal friend to have on hand (winks). (Hugs)Indigo

valbrussell said...

Two new requests for partials huh? That is most excellent Debbie :) You are so right about being in the moment. I've been trying to reacquaint myself with Buddhism and stop being everywhere but here. Thanks Debbie for reminding us all what really matters. HUGS

DebraLSchubert said...

Indigo, The crab and cherry trees are breathtaking this year. I'm in awe of nature. And, yes, I use spellcheck. HOWEVER! Whenever the word "precious" comes up, even if doesn't have the red line under it, I feel like I need to verify the spelling. Um, can you say neurotic? ;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

Val, You "got" it. It's very Zen. I meant what I said on your blog, btw. You are a very special person. Enjoy your well-earned success.;-)

Angie Ledbetter said...

Hoping same sorta weekend for you. I heart jenni and her awesome old books.

DebraLSchubert said...

Angie, I heart Jenni, too. She's the bomb. And, you're the gallactically great, gumbo bomb. (I love making up new words - then I don't have to wonder what the "correct" spelling is!!)

Big Plain V said...

When I notice these things, I almost wish I wrote poetry instead of speculative fiction.

(okay, sometimes I do write poetry, but don't tell anybody -- it'd totally ruin my street cred)

DebraLSchubert said...

Ray, Poetry? I'll never look at you the same again.

Pen Pen said...

I feel better after seeing ur guitar pic at the top of the post. Hearing that people I know love rock and roll in any way always makes me excited--and ur blog does that pretty often for me!! YAY!!! :)

Midlife Mama said...

Life is good. Yes ma'am. After finding out that a friend of mine died accidentally and unexpectedly at the age of 61, you realize how precious life is and time.

Hey, I left you a gift on my blog. Check it out!:)

Kelly said...

Two requests is wonderful! You have yourself a mighty fine weekend, too!
I was just sitting here smiling at myself because the sun is shining, my puppy is curled on my lap, my kids are laughing playing games.

DebraLSchubert said...

Pen Pen, Yup, it's all about the music, baby! And, of course, the kitty cats.;-)

DebraLSchubert said...

MM, I'm so sorry about your friend. That's the thing with this crazy life of ours. We never know when it's going to end or get a whole lot more complicated. Honoring each moment is the key to happiness.

Speaking of honors, I'll be graciously accepting your wonderful award in my next post. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

DebraLSchubert said...

Kelly, "...the sun is shining, my puppy is curled on my lap, my kids are laughing playing games."

Sounds like nirvana to me!;-)

Femin Susan said...

This is amazing!! I am so glad to found your blog! Keep up the great posts…..

DebraLSchubert said...

FS, Thanks! I hope you'll stop back by.

Lilly said...

What a great post and a reminder to just appreciate all that is around us. Hope your weekend has been a great one and you are getting some sun and pool time!

DebraLSchubert said...

Lilly, Glad you liked the post! There is so much to appreciate in this world. Remaining aware of that fact, however, is the trick. This weekend has been a washout, so no pool time. Rain, rain, and more rain! However, it's been a great opportunity to tweak my novel.;-)

Rebecca Anne said...

I have had a fantastic weekend! Thank you. Oh, and I do consider getting a request for a partial extremely exciting! You are almost there!
Ok, I do love old books, very much. I'm off to check out the link~
Rebecca

DebraLSchubert said...

Rebecca, I'm glad you've had a wonderful weekend. Yes, partial requests are a beautiful thing. Requests for fulls are even prettier. Then, of course, there's "the call!" That's flippin' GORGEOUS!!;-)

kimmirich said...

Drive by, hug and to say I love that pool! : D You deserve!!

DebraLSchubert said...

Kimmi, Thanks for the drive-by. I hope all is going well with your book!!!!

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