Interesting, isn’t it, that it’s the details that make up the richness in our lives? If we only counted success by the number of monumental occasions, our lives would be very poor indeed. Little things, therefore, really aren’t so little, and yet we have trouble noticing them. They tend to slip past our senses like a whisper, leaving behind the faint sensation of a flash of color, a lovely sound, a stranger’s smile. So often we miss the little things, simply because we aren’t paying attention to them. I’m the kind of person who misses big things, but notices small things. I’ll stand in awe at the sight of a raven swooping through the sky and completely miss the fact that I forgot to eat lunch. (My soul might be able to sustain itself on small moments of wonder, but my stomach, alas, is more finicky). And yet I get so wrapped up in myself that I forget to look outward and upward. There are so many glimpses of glory every day, so many things to smile about and thank God for, that when I take the time to actually search them out, I find that my day is filled with pieces of heaven; enough to fill a celestial trunk. Small things. Things that might seem silly or trivial to others, but which touch somewhere deep inside me; like the lyrics to Andrew Peterson’s song;
“It’s a window in the world, a little glimpse of all the goodness getting through.”
I’m determined to begin a new habit. I am going to buy a journal, and record all these ‘glimpses of goodness’ I see throughout the day. And one one day each week, I’m going to share them with you. Feel free to join in; post your ‘glimpses of goodness’ in a comment, or on your own blog, or even email them to me! (the-shieldmaiden(at)hotmail(dot)com) – I’d love to hear from you!
Here are my Glimpses of Goodness for today:
the old Tess of D’Urberville theme song, with such gorgeous flute-and-birdsong//the fairy lights strung up in my room that make me feel happy every time I enter//Letters from Pemberly//my morning cup of coffee and noon cup of tea//the sound of rain pattering outside my window//beautiful photographs//Fernweh magazine//my Mom surprising me by doing the breakfast dishes before I came upstairs//Northanger Abbey//handwritten letters//the sky. so often we take it for granted, but it’s one of God’s most magnificent masterpieces. In the morning and evening it’s streaked with red, pink, orange, and purple and during the day it’s so many shades of blue and gray, sometimes swirling with all sorts of clouds and sometimes as clear as a glass of water//getting ideas from Etsy//wrought-iron gates//notebooks
There are mine – what are yours?