It’s how my dad lived his life…
Creating “This is livin’!” moments.
I don’t think I ever heard dad complain. About anything.
And I know I never heard him say a bad word about anyone. Ever.
He was too busy looking for the good.
What an awe-inspiring way to live.
Dad really loved life. He found joy in the little things.
A good piece of pie.
A good (very weak) cup of coffee.
Fishing with the grandkids.
Eating vanilla ice cream while watching the Minnesota Vikings on TV.
Listening to the Twins on the radio.
Talking with his students about farming and what it means to be a good citizen.
He’d smile his crooked smile with a dimple in only one cheek, shake his head, and exclaim with the same excitement and bright eyes as a child opening his first Christmas present…
“This is livin’!”
I’ve often wondered how he stayed so positive. Always seeing the good in every situation and in every person he met. Always ready with a good word.
I think I’ve figured it out.
His priorities were always clear: faith in God, family, friends, farming, living in service to others. And he didn’t want to waste a second of living in those what-really-matters moments. He saw so much good around him—why waste energy on those things that steal your joy?
It wasn’t that he lived in a fairytale world. Good heavens—No. He and mom had some really tough challenges. But he didn’t let those challenges define him, or define his day. Even during the sad times, he knew there was still something good happening around him. He had the ability to see the one little streak of sunshine trying to break through the storm clouds. And he hung on to it.
Dad didn’t wait for life to be perfect before he started enjoying it.
He created his life by filling it with good things. And he looked for the good things that others brought into it.
I want to live like that.
I’ve been keeping a Gratitude List for a while.
Today I decided to rename it.
I’m going to call it my This Is Livin’ Moments.
Looking for and celebrating the good moments and things and people that are in my life. Every day.
In honor of my dad.
“This is Livin’!”
What a great way to experience life.
P.S. My favorite oldest niece, Kelsey, decorated the mug in the picture. I just love it.