the ordinary jazz hands…

September 20, 2011

My life sort of feels like a musical at the moment, of the Maria Von Trapp, High School Musical variety. The moments of climbing mountains, finding dreams or just trying to get my head in a new game are bountiful, oh, and there are LOTS of jazz hands.

I have moments of being paralyzed, just in awe of the swirl of recent goodness, wondering how I ended up here exactly and overwhelmed by what to do next. Then I glance over at the dishes piled up in the sink, or a small child insists on a princess cup, or you sit with your best friend at the kitchen table listening to stories of her artist amazing mom who passed away too soon, or an old neighborhood kid needs a ride home because he missed the bus and it is now raining, or you obsess over what words you should say to make something right to a friend, or you head out to a bereavement photography session, or you realize there is no milk for the cereal in the bowl…and life rolls on, as it should.

And you realize the magic of your life lies somewhere between the jazz hands and the ordinary. That great joy and hardship (along with with the mundane) almost always exist together. I always thought it was one or the other, forcing you to choose. It is when we honor and allow both to be that we find peace.

Your beautiful and messy life, the great successes and all the ways you can barely keep up, it is a gift to the world and to yourself.

18 Responses to “the ordinary jazz hands…”

  1. amy Says:

    oh, so true. exactly at this moment.

  2. Hello Patience! I am visiting here because I saw the article about you in O Magazine….your blog is lovely, I plan to visit often…I have been blogging about what I am grateful for everyday for the last year and a half…please stop by if you have a minute….I’m at:
    Sandy 😀

  3. Jeanne Arnold Says:

    Just stumbling across your blog. Sure I was meant to make such a “trip” as it has inspired me as I get up & continue on my journey!

  4. Lisa Driscoll Says:

    I’m so glad O brought you to me…. for the last 18 years I’ve been living right where you live- peanut butter and jelly, dress up, early morning soccer games, bedtime stories, Saturday morning pancakes, dirty feet marks on bedroom walls, snotty noses, halloween parties…..

    My first one left the nest two weeks ago, flying half way around the world from me. I never knew how hard it was going to be to let the butterfly free….. I miss the smell of her hair and the light she brought by just walking in the door after school. Thanks for helping to fill a very sad place in my heart right now.

    • kindnessgirl Says:

      oh…I can only imagine Lisa!!! thinking of you mama…what a wonderful job you must have done to raise such a girl!

  5. This is one of the best posts… ever.
    So, so true.


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