{www} shauna niequist.

i came across the following quote on my precious friend Janae’s blog last week & almost instantaneously was sending her a message asking “who said this?“where did these words come from?

answers: Shauna Niequist. Cold Tangerines.

“I choose to believe that there is nothing more sacred or profound than this day. I choose to believe that there may be a thousand big moments embedded in this day, waiting to be discovered like tiny shards of gold. The big moments are the daily, tiny moments of courage and forgiveness and hope that we grab on to and extend to one another. That’s the drama of life, swirling all around us….The big moments are in every hour, every conversation, every meal, every meeting…”
-Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines

in the last few days I have most definitely experienced quite a few BIG moments of my own…big overwhelming moments, that is. big moments of panic & uncertainty. quickly followed by even bigger moments of peace & certainity. this current rollercoaster of emotions i’m strapped into has had me thinking a lot about my own “moments” that Niequist so eloquently references; those tiny, seemingly unimportant minutes in a day that can plow us down with fear one moment and have us doubled over in fits of laughter a few moments later. yet we are alive & well to experience each beautiful moment of the here & now we are blessed to be a part of…and isn’t that the point Niequist is trying to make?
if you’re anything like me, your mind is constantly weeks & months ahead of you planning & preparing for the next “thing.” this isn’t necessarily a bad characteristic to have, but it sure can cause us to miss out on some pretty special moments in the present, many we’ll never have again.  so let Neiquist’s words challenge you like they have challenged me: be present. enjoy each moment. live each day.

happy Wednesday, dear friends!   love, M.
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2 responses to “{www} shauna niequist.

  1. I love you. And we are so much alike, did you know this?

    I couldn’t have summed up her words better myself. You should really read the whole book. It screams Madison. Full of beautiful words and energy.

  2. Must be something about the idea of “being present ” that I’m supposed to be getting. I just read these words over the last several days.
    “What if this is exactly what you are supposed to be doing because it is what you are doing? What if each nitty gritty task is perfection itself and you keep missing it because you’re looking for something else? It’s like washing the dishes. If you focus on getting the dishes done so that your kitchen will be clean, you miss everything that happens between dirty and clean. The warmth of the water, the pop of the bubbles, the movements of your hand. You miss the life that happens in the middle zone…. between now and what you think your life should look like. And when you miss those moments because you’d rather be doing something else, you are missing your own life. Those moments are gone. You will never get them back.”
    Also wanted to recommend to you a wonderful book, a memoir titled Cakewalk by Kate Moses.. beautiful book … powerful writer. I read it in two days.

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