Grace

My experience has led me to notice that most of us tend to ‘say grace’ not out of a spirit of awe and wonder, but more often with a posture of obligation, duty, and routine. It’s just what you do, in some circles, after your aunt has prepared her casserole for your uncle’s birthday.

If we’re honest, connecting grace to annual casserole traditions hasn’t helped our eyes learn how to search for true grace.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Grace can be and is always more available than we tend to be.

And the second we allow ourselves to become available is the second grace becomes the very air we breathe.

Until we start seeing grace in the very chair we’re sitting in, we’ll continue to be blind in our steps that follow.

So look for grace today.

Even if it’s just to yourself, say something when you see it.

Watch it start to multiply.

Watch yourself start to be it.

We always will see through the eyes of what we’re becoming.

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Loving and Winning

We hear a lot about win-win.

But is it possible that we can start a love-love movement?

I dare you to enter your next interactions letting your friends, family, and customers know – from the get-go –  that you have no record of wrongs and don’t plan on recording any in the future, patience will be present, kindness will be your music, and that you will always protect, always trust, always hope, and always persevere.

They will love you.

Humans love to win.

Human beings love to have loved and love to have been loved.

Sounds like love-love is the new win-win.

Feels like it too.

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Generous hands

A few blocks from where I live there’s a refrigerator in one’s driveway.

Snaking out of the garage is an extension cord so the refrigerator has power.

Every morning one to three fresh flower arrangements from the yard of this property are placed in this refrigerator and an adjacent handwritten sign reads ‘Flowers $3.00 – Please return vases’.

I have never met the one who does this.

I’ve never seen them either.

But they have made it very clear who they are and what they’re about through their generous hands.

What will they say about us?

All of our lives are like refrigerators in driveways.

Hopefully, you’re picking flowers, arranging them in your unique flair and voice, and placing them in your front yard refrigerator for the world to enjoy.

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Window washing

I had the windows at my house cleaned recently. While no one else noticed, I sure did.

This small act made looking out from my home an entirely new experience.

I could feel the trees sway in a way I hadn’t before.

I could decode the message the flowers were there to convey.

And the sun entered the living spaces with golden benevolence.

In reality, though, nothing had changed. The trees had been like this all along. So were the flowers. And also the sun.

But what changed?

Just the removal of film and buildup on the windows and my view from the inside.

It reminds me of the moments I give myself some time to each morning to wash the windows of my eyes.

When I wash the repetitive thoughts and unnecessary angst away, I’m able to take in a whole new human experience.

As many have said before, we don’t see how things are…we see things as we are.

Yes, Windex for the soul comes in many forms: solitude, silence, stillness, & gratitude – just to name a few.

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