Sunday, November 6, 2011

Secret Life of Bees

I started reading the Secret Life of Bees yesterday while I was on the tractor (going only .5 mph give me the opportunity to read, not just listen to books) and I'm loving the story. There are a lot of things that can be learned from this book and I wanted to share one of them with you.

August, a beekeeper, is explaining to Lily, a 14-year-old girl, why their house is painted bright pink. August's sister May was with her when she went to go pick out the color. She says, "I had a nice tan color in mind, but May latched on to this sample called Caribbean Pink. She said it made her feel like dancing a Spanish flamenco. I thought, 'Well, this is the tackiest color I've ever seen, and we'll have half the town talking about us, but if it can lift May's heart like that, I guess she ought to live inside it.' You know some things don't matter that much. Like the color of a house. How big is that in the overall scheme of life? But lifting a person's heart - now, that matters. The whole problem with people is...they know what matters, but they don't choose it. You know how hard that is? I love May, but it was still so hard to choose Caribbean Pink. The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters."

What great insight. Thank you Sue Monk Kidd. How difficult is it to choose what matters?

So what really matters to us? Is the color of your house more important than making someone else happy? How far would you go to ensure the happiness of someone else? What would you be willing to sacrifice?

I think a lot about the sacrifices I am willing to make in order to ensure that Caitlin is happy, and the numerous things she has given up to make me happy. When you truly love and care about someone you don't mind sacrificing for them because their happiness is your happiness. I'm so grateful to have found someone that makes living this principle of choosing what matters so much easier. Now if only I could learn to apply the same principle to others in my life.

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