Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
Had breakfast today at our favorite diner, Washington Square Diner in the village. We met an old friend from the very first time we lived in NYC in 1997. It was good to catch up with him. He was born in Brooklyn and has lived in Manhattan most of his life. He says he is tired of the city life though and is going to move to Portland, Oregon when he retires.
I still love NYC, but it seemed different this time. Maybe it's me who is different. We didn't go to a play because the prices are so steep now. I told our friend, Chris, that I was afraid NY was going to price itself out of business. He said that it was funny I said that because there are many empty spaces now, but new buildings keep going up!
I have learned to say, with Paul (of the New Testament) to be content in whatever state I am in (both literally and figuratively) and have decided that I will listen more closely to the Lord and just see where we end up. I look back on the decisions that we made purely because it was something we wanted to do, as opposed to what we felt the Lord was leading us to do. I can tell you with no hesitation, that when we listened to the Lord, we had no regrets. I have also learned that contentment is a state of mind, not a place.
So, this New year, I want to listen more to the leading of the Holy Spirit and see what adventures He has in store for me . Would love to hear what He is telling you. Looking forward to 2020! (Guess what? In 20 more years I will be 100!)