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Is Sweetness Passing you By?

by Mawi on January 10, 2012

One of the most amazing things I’ve ever heard my mother say is, “Sweetness passed me by before I knew it was sweet.”  Believe it or not, she was referring to her time in a refugee camp, because she was remembering the wonderful friends, really family, that brought sweetness to that otherwise unbearable and terrifying time.

Is sweetness passing you by today, without you realizing it? Are there people in your life who bring you so much sweetness, yet you don’t know it because you’re just trying to get through each day, fighting past the unavoidable details, routines, and necessary minutia of life, and in some cases, trying to endure overwhelming challenges?

Regardless of where you are, take a moment and ask yourself: What’s sweet in my life? Am I letting it pass me by?

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1 Mary January 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Thanks for this message. I love this saying since so many times we focus on the sour part of life and not the sweet… Thank you for helping to stop and taste the sweetness in my life.

2 Petronia Balcheva March 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

I consider myself lucky. I don’t have an easy life. I came as immigrant with my family with $50 in my pocket. Recently I lost my husband to a heart attack. But I am surrounded by wonderful friends and family. I think of my students as my friends, too. Caught in the everyday life, very often I forget to tell them how much I appreciate all of them. Thank you, Mawi, for reminding me to do this on daily bases.

3 Carla July 23, 2012 at 9:14 am

Mawi,

I revisited this post today and it hit me harder than the first time I read it last January.

At the beginning of the year, my life seemed to be much more “on track” and I did not feel the need to really listen to the words of your post. However, today finds me in a much different place.

Instead of dwelling on the hurtful and confusing parts of my life, I decided today to focus on the “sweetness” in my life. WHAT A DIFFERENCE IT MADE!!!

By focusing on the “sweetness” of my children and friends, I am able to pass-it-forward to those around me. It feels good to be the “light” for someone else, as well.

Thank you – not only for this post, but for your often wise words of encouragement.

4 Mawi July 23, 2012 at 10:16 am

Carla – really appreciate your comments – you encourages me to continue writing and sharing. And I am so happy that you are able to find the sweetness that you have today, even when it’s not easy.

5 Mawi July 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

Thanks, Petronia! And appreciate your patience. Friends and family truly are what makes life sweet…

6 Mawi July 23, 2012 at 10:20 am

My pleasure, Mary. Enjoying the sweetness is something all of us, including myself, find challenging. I’ve found myself feeling sorry for myself on some cold Chicago days, when I’m loading my kids into my Toyota Highlander and we are all freezing. And then I really do have to mentally check myself and say…what are you complaining about! Your own mother had to go across a wilderness with three kids age five or young! And you think it’s hard to go to Target and back in a SUV!

7 Jeff August 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Thanks for this … it’s amazing the sweetness that comes out when you think about it the way you described!

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