Yea! It’s February again! And I love February–after all, it is the month of love.
And I think it is a wonderful time to not only pay tribute to those we love— romantically and platonically–but also to remember all the things that make life worth loving.
Here is my short list in no particular order:
NOTE: This is Part II of a two-part series. Please check out Part I.
As I stated in Part I, a dear friend asked, “If you could spend 24 hours with anyone doing exactly what you want, who would it be and what would you do?”
Answering this question has uncovered longings in me that I did not even know I had. It seems that I am famished for connection, family history, and continuity.
Last week, a dear friend asked me a most ordinary but meaningful question. He asked:
If you could spend 24 hours with anyone doing exactly what you want, who would it be and what would you do?
Her name was Mary Mathilda Lavinia.
And when she fell into her final sleep on April 25, 1990, I was at work. I was wearing a two-piece, purple floral peplum dress from Lord & Taylor and my favorite slingbacks.
Sometimes, when it gets quiet inside and outside of me, I look back on a lifetime of disappointments, heartbreaks, missteps, and other harsh realities.
And I cannot help but wonder what is the point of all my arduous, awful experiences?! What is the point of all my growth?!And I contemplate the real and imagined possibilities lost to me yesterday and so long ago.
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. ~ Matthew 7:6, King James Version
The years have taught me much about myself.
I have learned that my heart cares too much; that my soul is fragile; and that when I get hurt, the pain cuts deep and scars permanently.
This picture has reminded me yet again that there’s so much astounding loveliness in our world!
Call to action: Take a moment to imagine yourself walking along this peaceful stretch of sandy beach; inhaling the crisp, salty air; and feeling the ocean breeze caress your bare skin.
It’s a new year, a fresh start.
I hope it is abundant with splendid health, profound faith, unwavering hope, and ardent love.
Call to action: Believe in and act on your hopes and dreams.
Last year, this time: Happy New Year
Yesterday, I discovered this sculpture “Friends” by Nnamdi Okonkwo in downtown Suwanee, GA, and I fell in love–immediately, irrevocably, completely.
It about Him!
Call to Action: Today, remember, reflect upon, and respect the true meaning of CHRISTmas!
The day designated to celebrate the birth of Christ, the greatest gift of all time, is mere days away.
And although it is NOT my birthday, who doesn’t love getting gifts. So here is a list of all I want for Christmas this year:
- a warm, cozy hug that lasts and lasts and lasts without agenda…
- a l-o-o-o-n-g stretch of time with no dull, trifling busyness that must be done…
- a hearty, savory, steaming bowl of Chicken Tortilla Soup on an icy winter evening..
- the sound of absolute quietness (does anyone else remember that sound?!)…
- a kinder, gentler, slower world so that I can E-X-H-A-L-E…
- peace of mind and spirit…
- all the true love I can stand…
- the sweetest kiss to seal the deal…
Really, that is all I want for Christmas.
Call to action: What’s on your Christmas wish list?
Enjoy the very FIRST post I wrote one year ago: Today, I made my mommy cry…