What Is Life-Enhancing?

I’m not sure what is life-enhancing about this April view of our side garden, which we call “Paris,” except knowing that it is there. It is waiting for the days when I will sit there in the morning with my devotion materials or enjoy my lunch there while reading a good book.

In the meantime I am aware of so much in my life that is life-enhancing. In fact, that is an on-going conversation with myself, and I suspect God is eavesdropping and accepting my musings as prayer.

So here’s my top of the head list or should I say close to the surface of my heart list?.

  • Facilitating the weekly writing group at my church. Not only do I love being with the group, sitting in, silence and then writing, listening, and sharing together, but creating the writing prompt and selecting readings for the day adds to my life, my being.
  • Meeting with my spiritual direction clients. What a privilege to accompany each one of them on their own spiritual journeys. I sit in prayer both before and after our meeting times and hold them close.
  • Starting my day with meditation and devotion time. Some days it is hard to leave this quiet and enriching time and move into the rest of the day, and other times I feel almost propelled with purpose and deeper awareness of next steps.
  • Attending Sunday morning worship and adult forum. I am an introvert, a contemplative content in my solitude, but more and more I realize the importance of community and how that opens me to the movement of God.
  • Being in the presence of my personal library. During my devotion time this morning I read a reference in a Lenten devotion by Jan Richardson to a small book of prayers, All Desires Known by Janet Morely. Much to my delight, I realized I own that book and then spent some time browsing its pages. Spacious time for reading, of course, enhances my life in so many ways.
  • Tending our home. Yes, sometimes that is a chore, for who likes to clean the bathroom! Hometending most of the time, however, feeds my creativity, clears space for new thoughts, ideas, and plans, and opens my heart to hospitality.

Of course, this list must include both the planned and the spontaneous times with family and friends and the days my husband and I roam, driving country roads and exploring small towns. Writing posts for this blog is also on this list and receiving your comments. (Thank you, dear readers!)

One more thought: As I listed what enhances my life, I wondered how this list differs from a gratitude list. Perhaps they are the same, but here’s what occurs to me now. Being aware of what enhances my life opens me to the rhythm of each day and helps me discern my priorities and how to best use my energy. It’s sort of like a “to do” list, a Spiritual To Do List.

I will think about that a bit more, but in the meantime, I wait the day when time in “Paris” enhances my day once again.

An Invitation:

What enhances your life? I would love to know.

6 thoughts on “What Is Life-Enhancing?

  1. Your Paris is lovely, inviting to all Introverts, and the snow is refreshing it for Spring and all the birds who are coming very soon!
    My refreshing time and place is our porch first thing in the morning with a cup of coffee, devotion reading, and just for pleasure reading! No phones, radios, tv, just God and me.
    Thank you, Nancy!
    Annetta

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  2. Like you Nancy, my surroundings are important to me. No matter where I have lived, I like to make it a place of joy and peace. A place I love to sink into. It is always an on-going pleasure for my soul. I love your Paris 💜. We are sisters 🥰.

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  3. Like so many others, my life is enhanced by my dog, a yellow lab named Annie. Annie was a “breeder,” rescued from an abusive backyard puppy mill operation. She is fearful of everything: the outdoors, the leash, people approaching her, anything new. I doubt that she ever was outside. During the nearly seven months since I adopted her, I’ve watched her develop more and more confidence and that enhances my life. Seeing this growth, albeit in very tiny increments, brings me happiness. Yesterday she astounded me by walking with me for two miles in Elm Creek Park.

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