Three steps to fulfill your desires | Janet Perez Eckles

8 Aug

A hot summer afternoon in Orlando is perfect for a cold smoothie. I blend strawberries, bananas, pineapple, a touch of honey and almond milk. I place a glass full before my grands.

Seated at the kitchen table, they wiggle in anticipation. After the first sip, they echo, “Hmmm…it’s yummylicious. Thank you, Nana.”

Then with no warning, my granddaughter said words that nearly made me giggle with delight.

“Nana,” she said, “you don’t look old like you’re 60. You look like you’re 40 or 48.”

I pulled my shoulders back, lifted my head and gave a huge grin. “Thank you so much sweet thing.”

In an instant, a flood of plans filled my mind—got to try harder to keep wrinkles away and make sure to color the gray.

Than I had a thought and my vanity melted into the smoothie of reality. A seven-year-old child has no clue about how age should be reflected in a person.

But I accepted her comment because of that thing we all have. That thing we tuck way deep inside. That thing called “desire.” We all have the desire to look better, get thinner, stay younger, become healthier, get richer. We long to be significant in some way, to be successful, to have meaning and to live with purpose.

via Three steps to fulfill your desires | Janet Perez Eckles.


I enjoy receiving Janet’s email each Wednesday. Along with her blog she shares a short update. I especially enjoyed this weeks:

What’s Been Happening

On the way back home to Orlando this past Sunday, I sat at the window seat, waiting for the plane to take off. Moments later, a giggling little girl sat beside me in the middle seat. Her daddy sat to her left in the aisle seat. I turned to her, “Do you want to sit by the window?”

“Yeah,” she said.

“I appreciate this,” her daddy said as I gathered my stuff and changed seats.

The little girl ooh’ed and aah’ed at all she saw out that window. The four-year-old commented about her delight of watching the plane take off, the clouds, the city underneath, the lakes and the scenery only a child would find fascinating.

But what fascinates me is that the little, insignificant things we do in life are the ones that mean the most to others.

In my upcoming trips, I’ll try to find more ways to bring a little happiness to others.


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