Recently I was a spectator at a hockey game. Every time I watch this sport I am struck at the end of the game when the two teams line up after the game is over, to shake hands with their opponents. The poignancy and power in such a seemingly simple action moves me.
I commented to the person I was with "this is my favourite part."" Because it's over," she teased. " Maybe," I acquiesce.
But as I consider this further I decide it is more than that.
It can best be summed up in one word RESPONSE.
Isn't that the critical element to what life doles out?
Response; how is my response to that outstretched hand of life,
that may at times I feel have played harsh and unfair?
Can I extend my arm and shake the hand that has been playing against me for the whole game?
How do I respond to those sudden changes to my day that require a bit of grace and bending for someone else?
My response to a cutting remark from someone, is the key to further pain or beautiful blessing.
I hope this makes sense, but response can make a huge difference to my day.
I stand at the window of a new year, and look at all the footprints in the snow of children and dog and skis and sleds.
I think about what may or may not come to pass this year and how so much of it is beyond my grasp.....
except for one small but monumental reality,my RESPONSE.
I hold out my hand with courage and HOPE beyond my own.
New things, shiny things, have a certain awkwardness that I am not sure I am ready to embrace, but tentatively I stretch out my hand to accept the one being offered in a truce like manner,and
I gratefully accept the chance to get up and TRY and hope my response will be worthy.
I just love the Serenity Prayer ,but it really is
all about the last line....so I have this plaque on my wall as a reminder
where to find wisdom.
Thank-you Susan for the book you sent, and this bookmark, which I will treasure, with the serenity prayer on it.
still gratitude abounds here:
275-sleeping in,276-daughter's who want to read Bible through this year,277-having a campfire with friends in our woods,278-turkey soup,279- a fun New Years eve,280-skating outdoors on New years eve and admiring the lights in the city,281-impromtu invitations, 282-generosity,283-watching Ground hog day with hubby and laughing at the absurdity,284-Divine protection,( I say this a lot because I mean it a lot!) 285-cross country skiing,286-staying up late,287-observing characteristics in my children that make me happy,288-learning to tell them,289-libraries to visit,290-organizing and decluttering,291-hanging up the new calendar.