My father in law is forever telling my husband he needs to enjoy his life--Well, that got my mind to thnking--"What does that really mean"--To my father in law it means doing as you please, when you please, with whom you please--He just doesn't get why we have animals or grow a garden or like being home--He thinks if you wanna go fishing, or hunting or take a vacation one needs to be "Free" to do so and critters and gardening tie ya down--To him that is enjoying life--And I suppose if thats your thing, then ok--but there are many other ways to enjoy your life--
I decided to look up what the definiton of "Enjoy" was and here it is--
1. To receive pleasure or satisfaction from.
2. To have the use or benefit of: enjoys good health.
3.To have a pleasurable or satisfactory time.
Now I can see how that fits what my FIL feels is enjoyable and I can accept that--But hubby and I enjoy our life as well--We derive satisfaction from living our simple life, taking care of our critters, gardening and just staying home sitting outside of an evening and enjoying a tall glass of sweet tea. Once in awhile life will throw us a curve ball and life gets complicated, but that happens to everyone--doesn't mean you still can't enjoy life right where you are!
We benefit from our life--we enjoy growing our own food, knowing whats in it, where it was raised and how it was handled--thats a huge blessing and enjoyment in life. I tend to smile each and everytime I walk through our garden and see a little blooms on my 'maters, squash, peppers and green beans!--I love seeing my fruit trees produce fruit!--It is so wonderful to know you are tending to you own food!
It is pleasurable to us to walk our land and see all the wonderful things God has made and provided for us--It's pleasurable to sit down to a meal that you raised with your own hands--knowing where it came from and you learn to appreciate the work that goes into having that food on your table.
To take it a bit further I want to add that when one is content with where life has placed them there is satisfaction in that--We are where we are suppost to be--If one is not content with life of course it is difficult to find pleasure,satisfaction, or enjoyment in life--My FIL and others in our life just don't get how we are so content with all the trials we have been through in the past 14 months--It's because we are where we are suppost to be and trials are most of the time short lived--To many, 14 months of hardship is not short lived--but in the big scheme of life it is--Things for us are getting ready to turn around in a major way--I am grateful for these past 14 months--many lessons have been learned and I will appreciate so much more--We have grown as a family, as individuals and in Christ--how can one feel that all the hardship has been in vain when so much has been learned?--
In todays world contentment eludes so many--Mainly because they are to busy trying to keep with the neighbors, worrying about what tomorrow holds, fretting over the small stuff and many are laden with trying to avoid real life and have themselves wrapped up in drugs/alcohol, people are getting divorces at alarming rates, adultry is on the rise all because people just are not content with where they are--It is hard to find contentment--I have been there--trying to be what society says we are to be and I was totally miserable and never content --the bottom line is, is that being true to who you are, what you want out of life and where you are going is where contentment is found--at the end of the day who you are as a person is what is important--we cannot expect anyone else to make us happy or things to make us happy--If you look to people and things to bring you enjoyment you will be miserable--Doing what you love, loving what you do is what brings enjoyment to life and that is different for everyone! So, today go out and enjoy life in your own way, be true to who you are and at the end of the day you will be content!