I have been thinking lately about the richness and fullness of my life.
I have lived a lot in my life. Done a lot of things. Visited many places, experienced things, acquired lots of things. I am not wealthy in the worldly sense. I don't have much money. I don't live in a mansion or have riches, nothing like that.
But I have had a wealth of experience. My life is rich with meaning. In fact, I find meaning in every tiny detail of life. I am still filled with a childlike wonder for things. Sunsets! Oceans! The miracle of how a bulb that has been in the cold, hard ground all winter can suddenly send up a shoot of green and make a new flower! How robins find worms.
I am filled with wonder and awe at how little girls in the neighborhood knock on my door with rocks they have painted with their children's nail polish and want to sell them to me so they can buy ice cream. I am amazed at how the little guy I babysit for reaches up for me and gives me a warm hug when he sees me. I am amazed when babies smile at me in the grocery store. I feel deeply honored when a friend's daughter calls me to learn how I made those biscuits when I visited because they were so good.
I feel rich beyond belief when I look back through photos of my life. So many memories of being filled with wonder by experiences I've had and shared with other people I love - and I love every person I've ever met, so there are lots of loving experiences!
And yes, I do have a few worldly treasures! I love feeling the energy that is still present in those treasures, inherited from our loved ones. My grandmother's cedar chest. Another grandmother's pin cushion. My mother-in-laws stained glass window. And some of those found treasures, acquired when living out some of those rich experiences. A sand dollar & seashell. A rock my little brother picked up and handed me when we were climbing a mountain. Such simple things. Most people would cast them aside. But I count them as priceless treasures.
And I realize that the richness and fullness of my life comes from my own point of view. It is born from the love and light I carry inside me.
And I am grateful!