“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.” –Ransom Riggs
It is good to spend time with people who are in the same stage of life. We send desperate text messages and push swings on the playground and stand back and let the kids duke it out over that yellow truck. (And then we comfort and distract and redirect.)
It is also good to spend time with people who are not knee-deep in toddlerhood. Over the weekend, I was with a group of women from church. I was the only one in my particular life stage, and I found myself being quiet a lot, taking in their conversations. Appropriate, because the theme of the weekend was from Buechner: listen to your life.
“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and the pain of it no less than the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”
I usually smile or wave at these women across a sanctuary full of people, but instead we sat on the porch and talked about joy and pain and being created in the image of God. I saw different sides of them despite having known some of them for almost a decade. Hearing them was a reminder of how each person among us has a story to tell. Listening to them reminded me what a gift it is to share our stories with one another.
All of this together, from the text messages and yellow trucks to the coffee on the porch and the afternoon nap, all of it is what is saving my life this week. What is saving your life?