Doing the Cha-Cha

Optimist: someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it's a cha-cha. - Robert Brault,

I've been doing the Cha-Cha ever since my very own (and very first) sunflower burst forth in bloom. There's just something about growing things from seed that get me excited about living and life.

I know I've written a lot about living life lately. It's a theme that God seems to have put in my mind and on my heart.

I ask myself, when faced with opportunities, "Would this contribute to my living a full life?"

If the answer is yes, and it aligns with God's Word, then I go for it. If the answer is yes, but I need to take a rain check because of illness, exhaustion, previous commitments, etc., I say no - with no guilt. Okay, to be honest, maybe I have a little guilt. However, saying no once in a while allows me to say yes more often to the life I want to live.

I like feeling "alive" and lately it doesn't take much to make me feel that way:
  • Neighbor helping neighbor
  • Going to lunch with family at a new restaurant
  • Surprising a friend on a stressful day
  • Talking about anything and everything with my best friend
  • Noticing a string of clouds that reminds me of railroad tracks
  • Seeing the golds and red hues among the green deciduous tree leaves
  • Feeling the crispness in the early morning air
  • Seeing the sun rise inch by pink inch
  • Watching the sun go down, ray by golden ray
  • Sitting under an umbrella on a bright sunshine-filled day drinking iced tea with a new friend

I could go on and on...
How about you? What makes you feel alive?