"Such a day of small things, still, but on God's terms, and that is enough."
-Lilias Trotter, 1 January 1902
Early in December of last year I was making plans for the direction I wanted the coming year to go. In years past I have read about the practice of having a word for the year. I felt mine should be.....
Hence, the old-fashioned scales where you put weights on the other side to determine the weight of your purchase.
But then I came across the Lilias Trotter quote above and the blogger's thoughts on it (sorry, I copied the below quote without noting the author):
"The true challenge--perhaps the goal for this year--is to live out the practices and duties of the ordinary days with grace, beauty, and joy."I wondered if I should change my word because I thought her goal was what I was actually seeking. Upon further reflection, however, I realized the goal of living out the practices and duties of ordinary days with grace, beauty, and joy could only be achieved through.....
This morning I received this quote by Thomas Merton in my inbox:
"Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony."
It would seem to live my ordinary days with grace, beauty, and joy my scale must be balanced with order, rhythm, and harmony.
So, what would this look like for me? I thrive on order and rhythm already, and harmony I always strive for. But what has been lacking this past year has been creative endeavors. I think it's because I'd gotten my hopes up too high about Gabriel's Tale--not only about my own illustrations, but that there'd be a genuine interest in the story. Then there were a few more disappointments along the way that I'm still grappling with involving social media. Add to those the ever-present turmoil in our government, natural disasters that pull at your heartstrings, and health crises of friends and family! No wonder I feel out of balance---or perhaps even unbalanced.....
So this year I resolve to see BALANCE on God's terms: grace, beauty, and joy in the small things of my ordinary days. Please join me on my blog I Come In The Little Things as I seek to restore balance to my life.
Do you have a word for this year that describes what you hope your year will be?