I have been expecting the arrival of a Fed Ex envelope for some time and it arrived yesterday on my doorstep at home. Up to and including yesterday evening, I considered this envelope to represent a life-changing event, one that would forever transform my way of living. So I did what anyone would do in my circumstances, post about it on Facebook! The matter is a private one and one that I don’t want to sensationalize, so I didn’t announce exactly what this life event is.
Immediately upon posting, the imagination and creativity of my Facebook friends started me thinking about what truly life changing events really are. I began comparing the ideas that my friends proposed to what the actual occasion really is. Some suggested that we were in the process of adoption. Boy did that make the actual event pale in comparison. I couldn’t imagine the kind of impact a new addition to our family might make! Others suggested that we got our marriage license. I started to contemplate this idea and honestly feel that it would make no difference whatsoever in our relationship. Another suggested that I was perhaps taking a new job or relocating to some new city. I honestly couldn’t imagine leaving the home and job that I am fortunate enough to have right now! At the end of the day, I really don’t want my life to change; I love it just the way it is!
Last night at dinner, we were halfheartedly celebrating “the envelope” but the conversation quickly turned to the fact that really little has changed. At the end of the day, I am still the same person this morning that I was yesterday when the envelope arrived. I woke up and went to work with all the same ambitions and priorities and expectations out of life that I had yesterday. Nothing really changed. I guess others helped me to better prioritize what “life changing” really means and to realize that envelopes usually don’t change lives!