Sunday, August 16, 2009

Au revoir, Summer 2009

This was one of those summers that I'll never forget. It was the most undramatic, most fun and rewarding summer I've definitely ever had. I'm sure my summers of my childhood were very enjoyable, but I was too young to enjoy and remember them. This one, however, was not.

This summer was great. Spiritual experiences, traveling abroad, learning, spending time with my family/friends and growing closer to those who I didn't know very well. Friendships were nourished and flourished, helping me develop unbreakable bonds with those I hold dear to me.

There weren't any car wrecks. There weren't any mysterious cases of small poxes. There wasn't drama out the wazoo. It was a very peaceful summer for me.

May 24th to August 18th seems like such a long time when you look at it on the calender. For me, it zoomed on by. Thousands of laughs, a couple tears, hundreds of pictures, two Tony Stewart victories, and about 20,000 text messages later, I'm brought to this day, August 16th, only two days before school starts. My last first day of public education. Jiminy christmas!!!
This was taken on my first day of kindergarden. Seth was only a few months old, and I had just turned 5 a few weeks previous. Kind of amazing how much you grow and change in twelve years.
And this one was taken on July 31st of this year. I think it's safe to say we've changed some :]

Monday, August 10, 2009

Points of View

"Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!"
Oscar Wilde

I've always been a born pessimist. Always, always, always. I've always been one to wait for the "bottom to fall out" and the worst to happen. In every situation, I'm always thinking "Well, if I think the worst will happen then when it does, I won't be disappointed because I already knew it was going to happen." I hated thinking this way because I never was as happy as I really could have been. I didn't reach my most happy potential very often because of this attitude.

I've been trying to work on seeing the doughnut in life, not the holes. Though things may be "holes" in our life, there are many "doughnuts" in our life itself. All the blessings, big or small, that God gives us are the doughnuts, and Satan's snares are the holes that try to ruin our view on the big picture. Basically, Satan is the world's biggest pessimist and wants you to be one too. We mustn't let him win!

My best friend and I were having a conversation the other day about being more optimistic about life and seeing the "doughnuts" in every situation that occurs. He told me to have a new motto, to see the glass as half full and not to assume that the bottom will always fall out.

"I, Aubrey, will never assume again. The glass is half full."

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Oh, how I love to be a Republican :)