I suspect we all have many unforgettable someones who have crossed paths with us.
Sunday School teachers.
Even a stranger…
What is it about each and every someone that makes them so memorable? Have you ever thought about the types of memories that are forever embedded in your heart?
Are they happy? Tragic? Inspiring? Do they involve a first-time? Was a goal achieved? A momentous event? A special occasion? Something unusual or unexpected?
There are undoubtedly numerous special memories with all the unforgettable someones of our lives. These memories are precious treasures as they instruct us on the things, events and people that are most important, on what matters most, that are worthy of being always remembered. They teach us what and whom we need to make time for in our busy and crazy lives no matter what, too.
Have you ever thought about that?
I remember when I was a starry-eyed college student looking up at the moon imagining my someday-hoped-for sweetheart looking up at the moon at the same time as me. And there were nights when I would speak aloud while looking up at the moon wishing my future love could hear me.
I found comfort in that thought and wish.
And since meeting my sweetheart thirty-seven years ago, I will say the few times we’ve been apart, we have often spoke to each other on the telephone while looking up at that same beaming moon. Somehow the moon made us feel connected, not so far apart from each other.
I’ve thought about the moon that unites us other times, too, such as when my child was away at college or when a friend moved across the country from me or relatives who live in another state.
The truth is someone somewhere IS looking at the moon when you are! You are not alone!
Do you believe this?
Look again may be the most instructive and helpful suggestion anyone could make to you.
There may be many times in your life when inspiration, peace of mind, joy, calm … can feel in short supply or no where to be found.
The truth is LOOKING AGAIN with a hungry heart longing to be fed coupled with an expectancy that the inspiration or peace of mind or joy or calm can indeed be found and felt is precisely what will help you discover what you’re longing for.
Your inner compass will help you find it. Trust it. Be willing to look again. Be open. Ready to be surprised.
Take a deep breath.
What you need is present. In everything and everywhere. Even in the unexpected. Or even in the unlikely.
Look again, my friends. Look again.
Coming across this quote was just what I needed to hear!
My life doesn’t lend itself to much solitude lately. Many days I feel like I’m coming and going at the same time. I feel pulled in different directions. And I struggle to do the impossible feat some called multi-tasking.
I long to hear the still, small voice the Bible speaks of. Those divine utterances that I’m certain will give me the answers I long for and the comforting reassurance I desperately need.
These words remind me how I can hear and feel the inspiration I’m longing for. I need to give myself the gift of solitude. Hush the worry. Hush the to-do list. Hush the fretting and running and jumping through hoops.
Pause. Be still. Do nothing. Relish in the quiet. Take slow deep breaths.
Inspiration was waiting for me to be still and quiet long enough to hear and feel it.
Some of you know that I wrote a weekly editorial column that was published in numerous Texas newspapers, magazines and websites. During that decade, I can’t tell you how many columns began with me having no idea what I was going to write about. I would open up the blank word document on my laptop and gaze upon the screen and ponder, “What now?”
I had deadlines to meet.
There were those lovely weeks when something had prompted my inspiration and it was easy to sit down and let the ideas flow effortlessly. And then there were other weeks when I had no idea where my inspiration would come from.
I didn’t have time to waste waiting for inspiration to come to me, however.
So I would begin. I would literally just start typing whatever was on my mind having no idea where it was going to take me or if it would spark the inspiration I needed to create the column.
What I can tell you is this. Inspiration always came. And each week I was left awestruck.
I guess that’s why today in all of my endeavors I refer to myself as a jumper. As ideas come, I act and let inspiration find me and take me where it wants to go. I don’t sit around waiting and wondering what to do next. And I’m still awestruck as I witness the evolution of an idea and how inspiration molds, shapes, and refines it.
So my friends, perhaps your answer is simply to BEGIN. Act. Move forward. Try it. Do it. Let your story unfold and evolve. You don’t need to know how your story ends first and you will never know if you don’t BEGIN.