Yes, And ~ week four

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. AND people, places and things are the miracles Daddy and I used to share with each other daily. I’ll share some of them with you here.

beach-lab

Some times seem more overwhelming than others.  I’ve been feeling that lately.  Thankfully, I have many people in my life who ‘have my back’ when I’m feeling like that.  Thankfully, too, the longer I live, the more tools I have to help me through the overwhelming times.  One of my favorite tools is a labyrinth.  Walking a labyrinth always refines my focus and usually eases my sprit.  

Yes, some journeys are tougher than others, and there’s something healing (on so many levels) about putting one foot in front of the other, while trusting the path.

What’s your favorite labyrinth experience?  What other tools help you during overwhelming seasons?

3 thoughts on “Yes, And ~ week four

  1. My favorite labyrinth experience happened during a trip to the grocery store. I wanted some time with God and I also needed to feed our family. I pulled into the grocery store instead of the church and as soon as I headed down the aisle, I realized there would be turning and returning and opportunities to see God’s presence so my trip to the grocery stores turned into a life giving labyrinth.

  2. You are so right (No surprise) Lisa. Hidden in the landscape at the Wilmington Hospice House is a labyrinth. While my mom was in hospice I would walk the labyrinth…sometimes a couple of times a day. There was comfort and a sense of peace in placing one foot in front of the other and following a path, especially when just a feet away there was so much uncertainty.

  3. Janet, thanks. my visits to grocery stores will never be the same again. ❤
    Lee, i'm so glad to know that beautiful labyrinth served you so generously. ❤

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