What’s Important in Life?

Last night I was browsing around the internet and different sites as I usually do. I came to the Blog Frog and looked through a few discussions. Long story short (because I honestly don’t remember how I exactly came across this blog), I found a website called My Home Sweet Home. It’s a sweet, beautiful blog and the second post on the front page was called What I learned from Sara. It’s in memory of a friend the author, Dawn, just lost. It’s alway sad to see someone lose someone they loved, but this post struck me, because of a quote Dawn had from her friend. In one of her first conversations with Sara, she has said in regards to photos and Twitter “I totally think people look at twitter all wrong. they make fun of people posting all the little mundane details of their life, but I think it’s making people stop and really *look* at their life. I rarely miss big things as much as the little things when I look back. keep taking your pictures! :)”

I found this especially touching when I found out the name of Sara’s blog was Choose Joy. She had a rare disease and wrote about finding happiness, praising God and living in spite of her pain to enjoy the life she had left. As she put it “choosing joy while learning that homebound doesn’t limit your life, just your location.” I didn’t know her, but she’s definitely inspirational. She was an author for In Courage, so many people around the blog sphere knew her, as you can see by the numerous tributes she has received. When your time is limited, the unimportant things that people waste so much attention drift away, and you learn what’s really important, and it seems that’s what Sara did.

She has many great articles and one I really loved where she talks about her mindset walking into a new job. She only cared that she got the job and not about anything that it entailed. She simply wanted to move up the ladder to write. She learned quickly though, that to do well, she would have to care about people. In fact, she didn’t need to care about the work, simply the people. As she put it (talking about playing with a child) “And the truth is that I couldn’t have cared less about a car zooming off the bed. But I cared that Elias did. His interest became my interest and his excitement became my excitement, and before I knew it I was filled up with contagious joy. We all do that for children. Imagine if we did that for other adults as well. Imagine if we cared more about them feeling happy than us feeling right. Imagine if we cared more about them feeling known than us feeling superior. Imagine if we cared more about them feeling accepted than us feeling righteous. Imagine if we cared more about them feeling joy than us feeling envy. Imagine if we cared more about them feeling abundance than us feeling security.”

The point is all of us will go at some point. Some will have warning, some won’t. What will have been important to you and how will you have lived your life? Overall, how will you account for your life? As I said, I didn’t even know Sara, but this struck me and I hope it will cause you to think, too.

  • Jadyn - September 29, 2011 - 6:42 am

    I also just found out about Sara, and reading some of her posts and posts written by others about her have impacted me a lot too. What an amazing example she led that joy is a choice, and that loving others well really is what matters!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I love the quote from Sara about Twitter, I hadn’t heard that before, but I so agree with what she said.ReplyCancel

    • claire - September 29, 2011 - 11:33 am

      yes, she was pretty amazing, and i’ll be reading her blog much more now, because she truly got a lot perspective and was very rightReplyCancel

  • Emily - September 29, 2011 - 11:18 am

    I enjoy reading at (in)courage as well and have been reading so much about Sara. How amazing it would be to love like her and choose joy like her. Thanks for your encouragement yesterday. 🙂 Grace and blessings to you.ReplyCancel

  • claire - September 29, 2011 - 11:34 am

    thank you 🙂 she is a great source of inspiration and i will be reading her blog much more often, tooReplyCancel

  • Randi - October 2, 2011 - 1:09 pm

    This is very heart warming. Thanks for writing about people and things that have inspired and lead your heart and mind. We all need to learn from people who keep us grounded and really living despite adversity!ReplyCancel

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