WORDS LIKE LIGHT
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
When I feel like I need some inspiration, the greatest gift of all is that it’s everywhere. I can get instant encouragement just by feeling my lungs rise and fall as my body does its amazingly graceful – though elderly – breathing, or by seeing new light laying its freshness across the land each morning. There’s newness everywhere – always – and that by itself can be a stimulant to a seemingly discouraged 80-year-old fellow. Just watching my old legs move fluidly as I walk through the house is quiet encouragement that life is still amazing. Seeing raindrops sitting with ease and elegance on the leaves of a holly bush can be an inducement to stand up and smile and even sing a little song, and listening to our clothes dryer doing its skillful work can boost my incentive to keep my eyes on life itself as it works its daily, delightful miracles. Discouragement comes only when I can’t see the simple but inspiring wisdom that’s always waiting for me to open my mental door and say a sincere and appreciative welcome.
GUIDED WITH GLORY (about Harrison P., 61, Blessings, CT) He's often guided with glory, as if he's a king who's cared for by servants. Some days, seeing leaves loosening in a breeze brings him inspiration about what to do next and how to do it. Some days, the sky suddenly darkening guides him to hold the light of his life up higher. He can't help being guided, because goodness always gathers near him to show him how to go. You feel victorious when you have that kind of guidance, the leadership of leaves and darkness, and of course the flow of kindness, the river that cares and steers.