It feels like a competition. We are supposed to be reaching for more.
More cars or campers or boats.
More time with the kids.
More time with our spouse.
And in that pursuit of more, we feel defeated. Everything is just right out of range. Just when we hit a new level, the goal post is moved. We can never fully grasp the more.
In this fight to gain more, we are losing what we have today. We are losing the moments of joy and heartbreak that are building the depth in us. We are forgetting that life is not supposed to be the perfection we are striving for.
My heart has a soft spot for the mess of life.
The house in complete disarray because it was filled with kids for the day.
The kitchen table scoffed with scratches and old paint because it is used for so much more than eating.
The souls who dare to be vulnerable enough to cry in front of strangers and let their laughter fill a room.
The buildings with chippy paint on the outside yet filled with banter and good conversation inside.
It is the imperfection that brings the depth to our lives. It is the imperfection that holds the memories. It is the imperfection that tells our story.
Hi! I'm Jessy, one of the co-owners of The Norway Center Store and co-authors of the book Faith Over Fear: Walking Angie Home. My husband Kyle and I live in an old general store, converted to residence, with our three kids, Ally, Charley and Rad and our German Shephard dog. You will usually find me with paint on my clothes creating my next repurposed piece.