This adorable couple is Daniel and Jacqueline Miko: better known as Don and Jackie. Incredibly, I have the ultimate pleasure of calling them my grandparents.
This past weekend, we shared an early birthday dinner at their favorite restaurant. And just like them, it was simple, warm and comfortable.
They spoke of a long-lost time: when marriages were a lifetime, when hard work was essential, where God was respected and most importantly, love was plentiful. People, communities and families reached out to lend a hand or even a prayer. When it was ok to not have it all! A time when people were proud of their accomplishments, no matter how small or frivolous and people weren’t selling their souls to “be someone”….“to everyone!” A time when families, for the most part were happy and felt blessed for all they had been given.
And rather than feeling frustrated, with a couple that couldn’t keep up with the times, my heart swelled with gratitude. “Sweetheart, we love you so much. We want you to reach for your dreams and we will be here to cheer you on the whole way. But enjoy the journey, every step of the way. You have all you need right now. The rest is just a bonus! So as you grow in your marriage and your business, remember to stop and take in the view and give thanks for all God has already given you, right here- right now.”
It wasn’t about bringing me down, discouraging me for dreaming big or throwing the “good old days” in my face. But rather, two brave souls, who cared to remind me of all I have been given, in a loving and supportive way. And it’s true. We get lost in the race and sometimes forget the journey. But life IS the journey, not the destination. It’s not about not trying, or being content to coast through life, but rather just acknowledging, that here and now is plentiful.
“For where your treasure lies, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:34
That night, I went home and prayed for everything I have been blessed with. Starting small, from the roof over my heard and the food in my cupboards, to the big: a husband who cares enough to support me, while I reach for my dreams and the deep, connected friendships, with which I have been blessed. I left nothing out. And when the clock stuck 2am, I looked up to discover three hours had passed.
My heart has felt so full since that night and I continue to push forward with a wonderful reminder: the greatness that is the “Here and Now.”
So, I ask you: What do you have to be grateful for? Have you stopped to admire the view?