Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Living the Organic Lifestyle

According to Dictionary.com, one of the definitions of Organic is developing in a manner analogous to the natural growth and evolution characteristic of living organisms; arising as a natural outgrowth. Or as another resource says, "naturally occurring."

When I think about life and its organic nature, I think about the way we were intended to live. Pairs comes to mind first. Most of us seek to find a mate.

Today, as my sister in law prepares to take a 3 month road trip alone, I am celebrating my good fortune of having a wonderful, supportive husband of 31 years, and not being alone. But also I am excited for my children's likewise good fortune in each finding a love on their own, at least for a time. Although none are married yet, they are on the right track to learning their needs and how to fill that void that occurs when you are not in a committed relationship.

That's not to say that single people cannot be happy. Many are. I'm speaking mostly to our instinctual sides as I digress today, on the heels of exciting news about a visit from, well, a significant other. Is that politically correct enough?

I am ready. Ready to open my home to the possibilities of eventually bringing more into the fold of those whom I can call family. I consider myself to be easy to get to know. I wouldn't make much of a poker player. When I'm happy and I know it, I clap my hands, as the song goes.

Meaningful work, friends, hobbies, family and pets are among the most common enjoyments in my life. It is pleasing to watch my kids grow up and find each for themselves.
For what it's worth, this is one of the books my husband and I found most useful as we built our lives, both separate and apart, together. Families, work and personal goals are all considered in this book that is all about building balance into our lives. Even today, years after its original publication, Steven Covey continues to write on this topic with more depth and insight than ever. There's definitely some good messages to be gleaned from this one:

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