I can’t believe it has taken me so long to write an updated post. This has been a very busy week! Josh and I went snorkeling in an AWESOME new area with some new friends last week, then we experienced another tropical storm, then his household goods finally arrived, then he had a scuba refresher course and I had a conference to attend, then there was church, and finally; we got to sit on the beach right beside the red carpet and watch the stars of Hawaii 5-0 and Magnum PI walk by and everyone viewed the premiere showing of the first episodes of the upcoming season right there on the beach at sunset in Waikiki !! (Longest “sentence” ever, my bad) It was incredible! Plus Cyndi Lauper performed a few of her top songs live.
I dropped Josh back off on duty this morning at 0630 and am finally sitting down to catch up on a few things, and try and organize the condo. A good friend of mine from VIRGINIA, is flying in on Wednesday to visit for a week !! I’m so excited to be having our first guest here, and working really hard to get everything ready in a couple short days.
God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. I absolutely love the church we attend here, Ohana Baptist. Everyone is so welcoming and so helpful, and I just praise God for all the connections I have been able to make already in my short time here. Each time I visit, I make new friends. Has anyone else noticed that as we get older, it’s harder and harder to put yourself out there and make new friends as adults? Nah? Just me? 😀
If there is one life lesson I have learned so far, is that good friendships are important. Variety in friendships is important. As far as I am concerned, I truly can’t have enough friends/acquaintances/connections in this life. I am thankful for every soul I have met along the way in this journey of life. Whether you and I are still in frequent contact today or not, whether our friendship was situational or seasonal for whatever reason, I always welcome the pleasure of catching up with you and reconnecting again, and I’m grateful for every single one of you anyway.
Along with that life lesson I have learned about friendships, I have learned that I need to force myself out of my comfort zone on a daily basis. With most things! But especially when it comes to talking to people I don’t know. I am a firm believer that I can find something in common with anyone I talk to if I am just willing to start that conversation, and if they are willing to keep it going with me. This is the hardest thing to do, but as I have heard before, and experienced in my own life; we often have to do a very difficult thing for one short moment to reap the benefits it will give us for a lifetime. Unfortunately for many of us, myself included, that “one short moment” is where we get hung up. As I continue to navigate this life as an awkward adult, I want to encourage you all to keep doing the same. 🙂
He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him. ~Proverb
The level path is easy, but it will not bring you to the mountaintop. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer
Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more. ~Edward H. Harriman
God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest. ~J.G. Holland
The one thing that matters is the effort. It continues, whereas the end to be attained is but an illusion of the climber, as he fares on and on from crest to crest; and once the goal is reached it has no meaning. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert
He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
[Y]our life is a journey, not a rest. You are travelling to the promised land, from the cradle to the grave. ~The Sunday at Home, December 7th 1854