Months ago, I knew what my word for 2017 was going to be. I’ve pondered it, prayed with it, written about it and realized it’s NOT my word for this year after all. Has that ever happened to you – when you’ve been SO certain about something that simply isn’t true?
So I’m taking a different tack this year. I’m going back to basics. Way back to Daddy and me. As I’ve mentioned here before, one of the richest memories of my life is how I used to get up at 5:30 in the morning with my dad. It was our time. We’d eat GrapeNuts and tell each other about the miracle(s) we’d seen the day before. I still try to like GrapeNuts and I still try to look for miracles every day.
Finding the miracles has been harder for me latley. I might notice (my word for 2015) lovely people, places, or things, but I’ve allowed circumstances, over which I feel powerless, to cloud my ability to recognize them as miracles. That’s gotta change.
Here’s how I’m going to change it. Yes/And. I completely accept the reality that YES there are many things going on the world, over which I have no control. AND while I continue to attend to what I can, I’m going to focus on the light, the good, the possible, along with the people doing the light, good, and possible.
YES, the divisions, gloom, fear, and darkness will still be around. My focus, however, will not be as glued to it, as it has been lately. I’m going to focus on the power of miracles. When I find myself tempted to dwell in the negative longer than is necessary, I’m going to seek out AND people, places, and things. These are the miracles Daddy and I used to share with each other daily. They can be at least as overwhelming as the darkness. I’ll share some of them with you here.
Yes, earlier this week I had one of those ‘knot in the stomach’ mornings. I’d been facing some heavy stuff I didn’t want to face. Each time I turned on any electronic device to distract myself, the news was all about celebrity deaths and warring politicians. So I let Bloss take me for a walk. And this is what I saw when we approached the front door of my home ~ a perfect rose in the midst of dormant and bleak looking hydrangeas.
Yes, And ~ that’s my focus for this year.
Yes, and you’re welcome to join me.