Could there be an autobiographical book written about my family, my life, my friends? Of course anything is possible and such a book could be written, with the expectation that the most copies of such a book would be of interest to my children, grandchildren and to those friends that inhabited the book along with me - a book of a few hundred pages and most probably a good family read - rather than a worldwide best seller. Naturally my story would reflect upon an American culture, small town girl raised by small town parents, first loves, college, marriage, kids, foreign travel and residency, tragedy, divorce, business, happiness, loss, abundance, love, joy.....hope and optimism for a happy ending, faith and confidence in the Resurrection.....there's a lot that could cut and pasted into an auto-biography.
Yet, would I want ALL of my life to be, shall I say - exposed - naked to criticism, examination, judgment, disdain? Probably not but in my personal examination of it today, I wouldn't change any of it. I'd still be happy with my sheltered, small town beginnings, my wonderful friends - many of them still in my life today - my travels, adventures, and work in big cities, with fast and crazy friends too in those places; my children of a first marriage, my stepdaughters from a second marriage, a wonderful spouse, good health and as above my optimism for a happy ending to my life here on earth......I could read my biography and be content - and you?
What would you count as your achievements? Fame, fortune, parenthood? I'd count among my top accomplishments not my business engagement that yields me a nice pension now (for which I am most grateful), nor my volunteer Board positions, nor even my rather interesting artwork that gives me great pleasure to produce. No, my top accomplishments would have to do with engaging with my Creator in the best way I can, living among friends - old and new - who know they can trust and count on me, my joy at having good health at least through today's date, my loving relationship with my spouse of 25 years and the total and unbelievable joy of being Mother, Step-Mother, and Grandmother.
And how about you - a quick survey of the biography in your head - take a look. Could you write a book that would pique someone's curiosity, that would bring a tear or a smile to a stranger's face? Who would your readers be, your biggest fans? I believe that we've been born into this life to do the best we can with the gifts that God has entrusted us to use wisely. I believe that many, many, many people I know and particularly have recently revisited, embraced, and counted blessings with have done just that and continue to do that daily. Have you used your gifts wisely - if not today - there's always tomorrow......script up that biography in your head, live it and love it - all we have left is all we have left! Best seller anyone?