Never Enough

By Shannon Boatwright

When you are with the ones that you love so deeply, isn’t it true that you want all the time with them you can get? When we love so dearly, we cannot imagine our lives without certain people. There is never enough time, never enough moments, no matter what. We want to do, be and experience all that we possibly can with the ones that we love.Never Enough

When I think of my family, those special occasions when we get together, we don’t want them to end. Those times when family is accepting, loving, playing and having such a blast together, always seem to go by all too quickly.

When I think of my dearest friends who are like family, we seem to never get enough time together!

When I think of my precious children, there certainly is NEVER enough time.  Time is critical and there is absolutely never enough of it. They grow so fast, change so fast. I want to wrap them up in my arms and never, ever let go. There never is enough time spent with my angel babies. It is brutal, especially considering how quickly time seems to fly by.

And when I think of my husband, My Love, I want to experience so much together! Though I am definitely a woman who needs her alone time, I also cannot stand to be without this man. It’s crazy. I guess true love will do that to a person. There truly are never enough moments to satisfy my need to be with this man of mine.

I’ve written about the brilliant and amazing movie, The Greatest Showman, already. The inspiration this incredible movie provides seems to be boundless.  There’s not a song on that soundtrack that I don’t love.  First musical ever, in fact, where I actually, seriously love every single song!  And the first time I heard the song, “Never Enough”, I knew I had to sing it. It moved me and moves me still every single time I hear it.

I am blessed enough to have a very special relationship with my Mama. And I am beyond blessed that my fabulous Mama is so talented.  I was thrilled to have the priceless experience of performing this song while my Mama accompanied me on the piano. We ended up performing the song for my 8th grade honors students for an in-class talent show at the end of the first semester. It was such a special moment to perform with my mother for my students! The video here is of one of our rehearsals at home. You’ll see that my pup Monte has proven to be one of my very best audience members. Anytime I sing at home, he sits at my side and listens, occasionally giving me looks of complete adoration and utter love.  It’s pretty darn awesome.

My Mama is playing on the very piano that her grandfather gave her when she was a young child. To say it’s special is an understatement.  Now I don’t claim to be anything special or have a good voice, in fact I know it’s not anything of super star status, but I can say that I do love to sing and hope that those that watch the video will enjoy what they hear.

In thinking about this original song, at first listen, one may think, well that’s bold and greedy of this character to claim that life is never enough.  But those that go any negative route are missing the point completely and not truly listening to the meaning.  Check out these lyrics…

I’m trying to hold my breath
Let it stay this way
Can’t let this moment end
You set off a dream with me
Getting louder now
Can you hear it echoing?
Take my hand
Will you share this with me?
‘Cause darling without you

All the shine of a thousand spotlights
All the stars we steal from the night sky
Will never be enough
Never be enough
Towers of gold are still too little
These hands could hold the world but it’ll
Never be enough
Never be enough

For me
Never, never

When you look closer, the message is so clear and so beautiful.  We love so passionately, adore and cherish so deeply, that the world is not enough, all the shine of a thousand spotlights, all the stars in the sky, towers of gold, will never be enough to complete the need we have for those that we love, for those that truly complete us, for those that make our lives worthwhile.  We could have the world in our hands, achieving all the riches and successes life has to offer, but it all means nothing, because without those that we love so dearly, nothing else matters!


Time Flies

By: Chaunte McClure

As I was waiting in the University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center for the 2014 fall commencement to begin, for a moment I was in disbelief that my youngest first cousin was about to join the ranks of being a college graduate. After all, it wasn’t long ago when I had her baby picture on my makeshift headboard in my dorm room. That was in 1994, my freshman year at USC. I looked over at my mom as we were patiently waiting for the processional and said, “Ma, can you believe it’s been almost 16 years ago that I was graduated from college?” She said, “It’s been that long?” Yes, Mom, it’s been that long.

time fliesGraduation day was one of the proudest moments of my life! Walking across that stage, hearing my family cheer for me, and knowing that I reached another milestone made this girl feel accomplished. Sixteen years later, I’m still proud of that. But wait, 16 years? I guess I thought I would be a recent college grad much longer, but time doesn’t stand still.

Remember when we were kids and it seemed like time moved along so slowly? It seemed like it took Christmas forever to come around again. How about when we couldn’t wait to grow up and leave our parents’ home? Yes, it seemed like that day would never come.

Now when you sit back and reminisce, you realize that time flies. Your babies aren’t babies any longer. You’re no longer that young, vibrant young lady. (Still vibrant and beautiful, but not quite as young.) And now you say, “Christmas will be here before you know it” because you know 12 months as an adult goes by a lot faster than it did when you were a kid.

As a matter of fact, this time next week boys and girls will be anticipating Santa’s arrival and many parents will be making final purchases to make Christmas Day special for their family. Gosh, I remember those Christmas Eve nights when I would be fearful of Santa Claus. I would be sweating under the covers because I was afraid of that jolly old man donning a red suit and a white beard. That was torture. I’ve wondered if I’d do the Santa thing with my kids. I don’t know. It can be fun, but it can also turn into years of fear and Christmas Eve night sweats. (Whew! Glad those days are over.)

What do you tell your kids about Christmas? Do you tell them that Santa brings the gifts on a sleigh guided by reindeer? Do you tell them that Jesus Christ is the reason we celebrate Christmas? Perhaps you tell both. I’d love to hear from you.

Until then, have a Merry Christmas! I look forward to sharing with you in the New Year.