Aaron and I were out of town almost the entire month of July. We were all over the place — San Francisco, Napa, Nicaragua (although that one was just Aaron and his guy pals), and various spots in our home state of Texas. We had a blast!
But then, after our travels, we came home to a massive plumbing leak that’s going to result in us having to rip out our bathroom that we only finished renovating a few months ago.
When our stuff starts breaking down, it’s no fun. But I also think it’s a good opportunity to step back and remember exactly that — things break down.
So often, even still, I get caught up on shiny new things. I fall for that old illusion that says, “If you buy this thing, you’ll be happier — you’ll be more of the person you want to be.”
But when things break down, it shatters that illusion.
It reminds me that new things don’t magically turn me into the person I want to be — only action can do that.
It reminds me that my energy is better spent loving the people in my life, challenging myself to try new things, and being fully present to my life right now, exactly as it is.
If you’re in a similar situation with your stuff, we can commiserate for a second. Maybe have some wine.
Then, we’ll get up, fix it, and toast that glass of wine to an August that’s about refocusing on what really matters in life. Who’s with me?
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