Big Life—Day 20/30

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“Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” —-Mother Teresa

My husband and I just watched the Netflix miniseries called… From Scratch. It’s a true story adapted from the memoir by the same name written by Tembi Locke. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it.

I’ll do my best to not give too much away. But I can tell you that it’s staying with me. It’s beautiful and heartwrenching and so well done. And, to me, it’s a reminder that we don’t have to have a huge life to have a meaningful life.

I sometimes beat myself up about this. When I was in high school, I fully intended to travel the world. I was sure that I was destined to do big things. And I haven’t.

But then again, in some ways I have.

I have loved big. My husband and I have been together longer than we were single. I love him more than ever. And… I have been fortunate to have good friends in my life that I have loved for many years.

I have cared big. When I look back over my life, I have no regrets about not doing the right thing by the people that I love. That included care managing for many family members.… And for some friends as they were making their exit.

I have tried big. Life with a disability isn’t easy. But I was able to work in my chosen field for well over 20 years. I genuinely cared about my clients.

I have laughed big and I still try to do this often!

I have appreciated big. I am truly grateful for all of the good things in my life.

I haven’t traveled the world. And I haven’t made a huge difference or impact on the world either. That really big life that I envisioned wasn’t meant to be. But I’m feeling OK about the fact that I have invested big love in everything I’ve done. And that has to be enough.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do With your one wild and precious life? -From The Summer Day by Mary Oliver.

I’m glad you’re here💜

****This post is part of the 2022 Nanopoblano November writing challenge. We commit to writing a blog post every day if it all possible and to supporting each other in our writing endeavors. All of my cheer pepper friends would appreciate your support. You can find all of their blogs HERE:

5 thoughts on “Big Life—Day 20/30

  1. I use to think I was supposed to do something big and had failed because I was in my 40s and hadn’t yet. Then I realized by big thing has been my children. I have three wonderful kids who are in their own ways doing their own big things; and that wouldn’t be possible if not for me.

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