to really live

i know {i know}...
i've been posting a lot [too many?]
"deep thoughts by angie dunn" posts lately,
i just had to share this awesome shirt i just got from bustedtees.

i had to buy it, because not only was it on sale,
but it's totally me.

and this is why:

since high school,
i have given my family specific instructions:

*when i die, i want a green participation ribbon adorning my casket- representative of the happy, yet extremely average life i lived.

you see: growing up i was never the blue ribbon winner.

track & field day stressed me out & then all i had to show for it, was a lousy green ribbon.

i have a trunk full of green participation ribbons. ribbons that added up to a pretty crappy self esteem.

somewhere down the road,
i decided to embrace my mediocrity & be proud of being averagely-average.

*i'd sport my green ribbon with pride.

{i still do.}

but recently, i've changed my mind about what i want that green ribbon to represent.

instead of representing a life of mediocrity,

i want it to represent an ordinary life,
filled with extraordinary love.


my new motto:
{compliments of one of my heroes, sister hinckley}

"i don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.

i want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.

i want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children.

i want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden.

i want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.

i want the lord to know i was really here and that i really lived."

-marjorie pay hinckley


Mark Dixon said...

You are an EXTRAORDINARY participant!

runningfan said...

Fantastic! You're amazing....and I adore the shirt. Wear it with pride!

Britney {Jesses Girl} said...

ummm....i'm pretty much in LOVE with that quote. i've never heard it...but it's going on my cork board in my kitchen in big, cute font so that i can see it every day. no lie. thanks!

Eric Dixon said...

almost, sorta, kinda got teary at the office.

much love.

Staci said...

NEVER TOO MANY...keep them coming! Thank you for sharing! I LOVE that quote at the end, might just write that on the bathroom mirror tonight. Green Ribbons are EXTRAORDINARY!

The Roberts Family said...

wow ang. your good at getting me to cry!!! your amazing in so many ways !!! might i add that your the WORLDS best scrapbooker.. you would get the gold metal in the olympics!! if they had that in the olympics :)

Sandee said...

Gosh. Geez. Ya. Loved it. You truly have a way with words. I'd absolutely give you a blue ribbon for that! (Blue goes with green just fine...don't worry!)

Mom2BJM(Amy) said...

Gives new meaning to Go Green!!

You're the Bomb, Angie!

reddladybug said...

luv, luv the shirt. i remember you talking about your participant ribbon way back in the day. :)

granny said...

Love your new perspective. I adore that quote too. And P.S....you have always been extraordinary.

Unknown said...

I couldn't love this post any more. What a great quote too! I strive to be ok with being me = not perfect. You are an inspiration to me and many others and to me that is extraordinary!
I love these posts, so keep them coming! You are a wise lady!

Unknown said...

Okay at 5 in the a.m. I am sitting here crying......you always say it BEST! You are so NOT just ordinary....you bring out the best in everyone that knows you......I know I feel that way all the time too and will voice it quite often but my hubby will say something like....but you spent time with a child today or you bend down and tie their shoes over and over or you took your daughter for a ride just because she needed out of the house......he does make me see sometimes the little things are the important things...especially when I continually look at my piles that AEN'T getting done......I LOVE YOU MISS PARTICIPATOR!!!!! You make our participating so worthwhile!!!!

Marilyn said...

P.S. We never can get too much of your angie posts.

heather said...

Seriously woman, you are my favorite blogger. And next time I'm in Arizona -which will probably be June- I am going to bend over backwards to meet you because you are awesome.

I want to be a participator in life too. I don't need to be the best at anything. I just want to die knowing I lived. I want to push myself out of my comfort zone and do and try new (not dangerous) things & love myself for who and what I am.

I want a green ribbon too.

Alisse Baldwin said...

Omg, love it.

I just sent that quote to my co-workers (Christians and not) because it was so good. :)

Miss Niss said...

okay, you dont know me...but i found you from someone else's blog...but i love your "blogging" abilities and the way you capture life...i especially love this post...REALLY love it...
AND i knew your hubby in high school..probably doesnt remember me?? but thats okay...i was very UNPOPULAR in HS...and i'm FINE with that!! hahaha...but, do tell him Anissa Chatwin says hi...if he remembers...
AND thanks for sharing...

sandalloons40 said...

love it! We could NEVER get enough of our Angie fix!!!! LOL
Go green!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

rachbechep said...

ang, you are beyond ordinary. i loved that! thank you.

Leslie said...

Marjorie, and you my dear...


Elisa said...

I absolutely LOVE this post. It speaks to my very soul. I'm average. But, I want it to say when I died, she led and extraordinary average life.

FANTASTIC! I shall be back!