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Friday, December 30, 2016

Celebrate the Small Things: No Expectations

I am enjoying my holiday and doing quite a bit of thinking-as you do. I'm a very contemplative person.

I'm also a planner, an organizer and a motivated target setter. I'm a dreamer with high expectations of myself and others, and life in general. I'm a realistic optimist who embraces disappointment and failure as equally instructive and fulfilling as euphoria and success.

I have not yet learned the secret of contentment. I'm still searching for peace: for a proper connection between what I know is true and how I feel about it. Despite the possibility of this 'ultimate' dream of mine being unattainable, I press on. Why? Because I want to grow. I want to learn. There is only growth or decay. Nothing remains the same. Change is certain and I do not fear it. I want my mind broadened and my heart opened wider. I want to be generous and gracious. 


I'm a work in progress: a masterpiece of the Almighty who daily adds brush strokes to the canvas of my life. The life he has given me. The gifts he has given me which he wants me to use for His glory and the good of others.

In 2017, I intend to live. To grow. To enjoy moments. To be quiet. I will plan less, but expect more from life without needing to define what 'more' will look like, or quantify how much of it will satisfy me. I will enhance the significant and demote the superfluous. 

In approximately thirteen and a half hours from now, when the numbers change on the calendar...my life will go on -if God wills it so - and for this I am grateful beyond words.

6 comments:

  1. Aw, you write the prettiest posts. My nature is to be as contemplative, organized, and ambitious as you, but I'm older and tired. It's good if you can learn to be satisfied or content. Sometimes I think it's enough just to accept your life as is. Happy New Year to you and all your family! May your new year be filled with joy, peace, and prosperity!

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    1. Thanks Lexa. Maybe acceptance and contentment are the same thing. Whenever I feel tired I remember the word of the ancient prophet Isaiah: Those that wait upon, or place their hope the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run run and not grow weary, they will walk and not grow faint." Happy New year

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  2. You're still there I assume. Happy New Year

    You mention planning. That's definitely one of my weak sides. I like to do things, not plan them. When I was younger, I always wanted to become better at planning. But now I've realized, it's not for me >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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    1. It is said that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. Well...everyone's different. Planning is all about control. Control is something of an illusion though, isn't it? Happy New Year to you.

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  3. A belated Happy New Year to you. Best of luck with you planning. Think I've given up o that.

    Marilyn @ OnBecomingAwriter.com

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  4. Thanks Marilyn. My plan for 2017 is to plan less. All the best to you in 2017. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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