My word for this year is LEARN.
So it just makes sense to use this Year of Sundays to reflect on 52 of my most significant Life Lessons. Some may seem more significant than others, but each one has changed how I live my life in powerful way. I’d love to hear if and how any of these same lessons have surfaced in the classroom of Your Life.
I’ve lost count of how many times THIS lesson has slapped me in the face. Most recently it happened when I was with nine-year-old Kenna (her given name is McKenna, but she prefers Kenna~ so I honor that), one of my great nieces.
While Kenna was helping me make breakfast, I asked her to tell me about her best friends. She delighted in listing names and descriptions. After mentioning one of the gals, she said, “I was invisible to her until this year. Now she sees me. I’m not invisible to her anymore.”
I stopped and took her gently by the shoulders ~ looked her in the eyes and said, ” I hope you never feel invisible again.”
She smiled all the way up into her eyes and said, “Thanks, Aunt Lisa. Me too.”
Years ago, a friend told me about an African greeting custom. When one person joins another he/she says, “I am here.” The other person responds, “I see you.”
Who doesn’t want THAT?
I thought I was asking this sweet child a pretty basic and safe question. She answered with down-to-her-toenails- gut-level-honesty. She now feels SEEN. And I’ll be forever grateful. Even if she and I never discuss that breakfast conversation again, I know we’ll both remember.
It was and is holy.
Can I get a witness?