Look up!

In one of my favorite christian singer’s songs, Lauren Daigle, (my go to playlist) says, “Look up Child” and here’s my spin. We get bogged down with the everyday, same old same daily routines. Often we get even more bogged down with struggles, troubles, and doubts. In the day to day and the struggles I find often I get stuck looking “down” or just focusing on the same spot instead of working through it- no solution in mind just stuck and wallowing.

Recently I’ve been looking “UP”. The most obvious and ultimate UP for me is turning to GOD in prayer, spending time with my bible or in devotions. What a GREAT distraction – but bigger than that a path, a plan, an answer. Giving things up to HIM where I know the future is already decided and to have trust.

Looking down as we walk, we bump into stuff, and there is a lot to bump into. Looking up and seeing what’s in front of us and planning the path makes sense and we end up with less bruising. Eyes down and stuck I miss a lot going on around me, the everyday moments with my youngest daughter that will be leaving for college soon, the smile of one of my students, a sunset. These very things I miss are the things that I need to notice most.

Into the new year I go and Ms. Daigle if you’re reading, I’ll keep listening to your music and this child is looking UP.

Get a Life!

Years ago a good friend gave me the book, A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen. I found it on a shelf and reread yesterday. It is a super short read that nails my mindset right now.

“Life is made of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to live, really live….to love the journey, not the destination.” This is inside the front cover and the book as I said pretty much sums up where I’d like to be. I’ll get there.

Also from the book, ” ..a life in which you stop and watch how a red tailed hawk circles over a pond and a stand of pines. Get a life in which you pay attention to the baby as she scowls with concentration when she tries to pick up a Cheerio with her thumb and first finger. Turn off your cell phone. Turn off your regular phone, for that matter. Keep still be present. Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love and who love you. And remember love is not leisure, it is work.”