Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.
Interesting, isn’t it, how being lost and being blind can feel so similar? Each of us will likely feel lost at some point. And, during this assumedly wonderful time of year, two things happen:
- Hearts, pocketbooks and homes open to the needs of others (yeah, amazing grace)
- Some of those who are in pain feel forgotten and even more lost (boo, aching grief)
Hang in there with me, as I will close on a hopeful note as always. But before I get to that, have you ever had a moment when you suddenly looked around, paused or really settled into a moment? It may have been like seeing a person, a place or the world with new sight.
Well, this is the ideal time of year (not that every day isn’t just as superb) to shift your perspective. Look around and truly see who is putting on a happy face, who is withdrawing from social events, who is physically in pain or who is spiritually adrift. Be suddenly sighted.
See without judgment or guilt. Feel without pity or frustration. For being suddenly sighted is being immediately blessed. Appreciate the plate of cookies, the lingering hug, the extra few minutes on the phone, the fact that someone opened up to you, the chance to love thy neighbor, and the moment when your child or grandchild looked at you with eyes that see how amazing you are.
Finally, I challenge you: create a Hopeful Sights Journal on December 13, 2013.
- You need 365 pages or sections.
- Each day, write down a sight that inspires hope (anything uplifting, surprising, endearing).
- On 12/13/14, read it back to yourself and your family.
- Then for the holidays, give it to someone who really needs a light of hope in their life.
Here is the one I plan to use. It was given to me by a sweet friend and is already brimming with positive energy. The quote says, “Close your eyes and dream a dream . . . and seek the courage to make it real. Reflect on the past, envision the future, and embrace today with an open heart and soul.”