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april 13.

April 13, 2011

i turned 15 today.

“being in a hurry. getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. i cannot think of a single advantage i’ve ever gained from being in a hurry. but a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all the rushing…through all that haste i thought i was making up time. it turns out i was throwing it away.

today has been one of the best days. i spent time with my friends and family. i spent quality time talking. i ate good food and laughed. but while i sat in a little stuffy classroom reading one thousand gifts [by ann voskamp] i thought of how much of my time was consumed by thinking. i wish i could say it was smart thinking, but really i spend my time day-dreaming & making plans for the future. while these things aren’t bad, i think of all the time i’ve wasted in these 15 years i’ve been alive. i’ve done alot. yes i have. i’ve traveled, impacted people, and made crazy memories. but i could have done more. so tonight as i sit in my dining room sipping from my new mug, i’m making a pact. a promise with myself that i’ll get things done. i’ll write lists and cross things off. i’ll make people smile and make a difference. i’ll take advantage of the little moments and remember them.

if any of this makes sense/if you are thinking about the same things, read one thousand gifts. this book has transformed my life in the four days that i’ve had it!!

so happy april 13th. i hope its an memorable day :)

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. michelle permalink
    April 13, 2011 10:07 pm

    OKAY. this is just about the most inspirational and amazing thing I have read! I love this! Lauren you are so so gifted and you never cease to amaze me! I love you and am do glad you’ve have a great birthday! <3

  2. Grandma H permalink
    April 14, 2011 6:56 pm

    Lauren:

    You continue to amaze me and to thrill me with your deep insight. You are truly an inspiration to everyone. And to think all of this has happened in fifteen short years. I know God has great things in store for you. So glad you’re my lovely granddaughter!!

    Grandma H

  3. Michelle F (I can't believe you have another michelle in your life!) :) permalink
    April 15, 2011 3:00 am

    HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LAUR! I love that we share the same bday week, and wish we could’ve shared a party as well. Thanks so much for the morning Skype call! I loved chatting with you girls and seeing your beautiful faces.

    I love that you’re reading One Thousand Gifts – I am too! And it’s totally changing my life/thinking/etc. Eucharisteo…something I pray the Spirit continues to reveal and teach to us, and that we joyfully follow and live out each moment of each day.

    Love you, Laur! Can’t believe you’re already 15!!

    Michelle

    P.S. Maybe for your Sweet 16 your parents will fly you out to Iraq?? :)

  4. Uncle P permalink
    April 21, 2011 9:37 am

    I marvel at your insight at the young age of 15. Many people, myself included, take decades before they realize they need to pay attention to the life occuring in real time. Making future plans is something you need to do (and realize there are bumps that can wreck havoc with such plans) but it is important to find balance with the present. I read that you “get” this.
    Two last thoughts: your grandmother told me two things when I was slightly older than you are now. (1) life is not a trial run….there is no ‘do-over’. (2) as long as you’re going to do something, do it to the best of your abilities the first time.

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