Don’t Miss Out On The Ride!

Michelle Stimpson & Dad

Following your joy. It’s important to know what it is, specifically, that brings you joy…and then make sure to get more that in your life.

I’d also like to add another point of view–it was John Lennon who said: “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” So true. We can spend so much time and energy meticulously planning and plotting out our days and our lives. And at the same time, we’ve got to be open to whatever might come our way. It may even be something that we’ve never dreamed of!

You really don’t want to miss those amazing little miracles that show up right in front of your eyes, especially when you’re somewhere else trying to plan for them or “make” them happen. You gotta be ready to catch them when they appear.

I’m really good at making a plan. In fact, I’d like to say that I excel at it. I’m learning, though, that there’s more—so much more—to life than “the plan.” And what I continuously remind myself of is to stay in the moment and go with the flow…where the good stuff is, regardless of the plan.

When things are easy and “flow”

One of my reminders came in a wonderful form today. My dad called to see if Bill and I wanted to join him out on his boat. We happened to be free, the weather was looking good, and all signs were a-go. Might not sound like a big deal, but between the three of us, we have a tough time matching schedules and timing; in fact it’s been a few years since the three of us hung out on the boat together.

Then on a fluke (or not), my mom called my dad this morning to say hi. Again, may not sound like a big deal, but my parents have been divorced for as long as I can remember, and most of those years were…well, let’s just say that they weren’t the best of friends.

So the stars aligned this morning and all parties were in a good mood, and my mom was invited to join us on the boat. Pretty cool for me! None of it was really “planned”; it was all just spur-of-the moment happenings.

It made me think about time and how precious the little things are. It’s easy for me to get lost in the things that “need to get done” at home, but I’m glad on this morning that I let those things go.

The joy of the moment

My dad picked us all up at a public dock, and after boarding the boat, we found a calm bay, turned the motor off, and let the boat float and take us wherever life intended for us to go. On this lovely sunny Sunday morning, the lake was quiet and the peacefulness enveloped us. We talked and laughed and reminisced, and then the joy for me exploded when Bill perceptively picked up on something very poignant and special about this unique moment. He turned to me and asked, “How does it feel to have your three biggest fans right here?”

Wow, I guess I hadn’t thought about it like that. But in that moment of quiet calm out on a lake of glass, I was reminded of how blessed I was. Right there in that boat, the two people who were responsible for giving me life, and the man who has become my best friend and life partner…all there floating along with me through life. What more could I ask for? Sometimes you just need reminders of those simple things in life to carry you.

I recently heard Michael J. Fox interviewed, and he said that each moment will never “be” again. There are no do-overs. To me, that meant to embrace and capture each moment, and relish it and honor it, as best you can.

So when you’re following your joy, yes—it’s certainly important to do some planning and know what fuels you and makes you come alive. And at the same time, it’s just as important to simply live your life, go with the flow, and pay attention to the little miracles that come your way.

After all, that “joy” just might be right there in the boat with you.

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17 Responses to “Don’t Miss Out On The Ride!”

  • Great post, Michelle! I love your writing style. Once again, you described everthing so well that I felt like I was there! Your husband was so sweet to bring up the comment about having your three biggest fans on the boat. So great that you soaked in the moment, too! Thanks for sharing your story! Thanks for the reminder to go with the flow, sometimes despite the plans we're making on the side! Have a great week!

  • Tim says:

    What a great blog Michelle!! That said more and meant more to me than you can ever believe! Thank you!

  • Joan says:

    I just read your blog and I'm typing with tears in my eyes! The moment when Bill turned to you and pointed out that you were with your three biggest fans….well….ya got me :)
    The reminder to appreciate (and even notice!) the moments, is wonderful.

  • Anonymous says:

    I love this story about boating with your parents. How special! And how good to be able to be spontaneous.

  • What a great post! I'm sitting in an airport right now, with a three-hour layover, but I'm really enjoying myself. I have my laptop, am reading my favorite blogs, commenting & connecting, and life is truly good.

    I love what your husband said about your three biggest fans. There's a man who "gets it."

    Thanks for sharing your joy with us!

  • Linda says:

    I enjoyed your story and it brought back memories of when you were a tiny little girl. Your dad was so proud of you then…….and obviously, of course, still is now.

  • Anonymous says:

    What a great story!! I love your writing.

  • Char says:

    Loved it, Michelle! You totally have it!!

  • Ann says:

    I just wanted to tell you I LOVED your article. All your writings are so wonderfully well written–you are the best!

    Keep shining and writing the great stuff you do Michelle–I enjoy it so much.

  • Janice Kern says:

    My Dad has a phrase for moments like these – and very often it is said when we're all out on his pontoon. Keep in mind that to us, the pontoon is practically a statement of "we are LIVING" even though it's old, very loud and unreliable. We don't leave the dock without oars. But with great timing, my Dad will ask the rest of us "I wonder what the poor people are doing?" and we all laugh every time.

  • Thanks for joining in the conversation, everyone! Your feedback means so much. Who knew that an impromptu date with my parents could turn into such a precious reminder of joy?!

  • Connie Nelson says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how I feel after reading something on your blog. I tend to come here when I need something uplifting or a day "boost"….I come to your blog at times, to find peace. With the "dont miss out on the ride" entry – you touched my heart on so many things said. Just knowing that you had the opportunity to have your three biggest fans with you……is an incredible gift for you! I would give anything……so enjoy my friend, and keep the blogs coming…..i love it here :)

  • Jen says:

    I wanted to share that I absolutely LOVE this story. What a gift to have the stars align and share a day on the lake with your parents and Bill. How healing that must have been!

  • Michelle, your photos and post titles made me think that you are in Hawaii, so I got all excited.
    Thank you for sharing your sweet Delicious life with 3 biggest fans.


  • SidecarCoach says:

    Perfect. Lovely.

    – Jerry B.

  • Sharon says:

    ………michelle! sometimes those impromptu times are better than any planned times…..because they are real :) Sharon

  • Thanks, guys–I have the best readers in the world. :)

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Michelle Stimpson: Editor/Writer

Michelle Stimpson Hi and thanks for visiting - so glad you're here! This blog is especially for cool people who want to experience joy and live a life of purpose. Welcome!

Here you'll find great stories that will inspire you and remind you that life is good, and there's an abundance of joy all around us. Simply put: When you follow the things in life that make you come alive and bring you joy...the magic begins to unfold.

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Michelle Joy Stimpson
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Bill Stimpson: Partner-In-Crime

Bill Stimpson Hi! Not only will you see me “show up” in many of Michelle’s stories and posts here, but I also serve as Michelle’s editor, helping her clarify intentions and make her posts shine.

One of the great joys in my life is being involved with this blog! It’s a constant reminder for me to focus on the things that bring me joy. It also feels great to be sharing so many of these joys with you - in hopes that you, too, will find ways to focus on your own joyful experiences.

Here's to an abundance of joy in your life!

Bill Stimpson
Hubby & Associate Editor

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