A work in progress

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Since I wrote “Check my What?” back in November, I have been more aware of my motives as I go about my business.  Hopefully I have offended less, exalted myself less and cared less about being right, and more about showing love.  Of course, as I write this paragraph, my failures glare at me from the recent past.  Thankfully though, I realize I am a work in progress.  I didn’t expect perfection quite yet, just improvement.  And that, my friends, is the point of this post.

As we closely examine ourselves (If you don’t do this, I highly recommend it for your own benefit as well as those around you), we often find areas in our lives that need work.  We long to see some speedy positive development in our needful areas.

I find though, that upon reflecting on their progress, many of my friends and members of my family are often way too hard on themselves.  They don’t see mere improvement as success.  Maybe 2 lbs. isn’t the 30 you want to lose, but it’s a start; it’s still success because you aren’t going backwards.

For me personally (besides the motive thing I’m also working on), I want to do more for others.  I still feel like I procrastinate too often or give in to laziness and fail to reach my goals.  However, I have improved and surely that counts for something.

If your heart is right and your intentions are good, you are headed in the right direction.  Be encouraged that recognizing something that merits change or improvement is half the battle.  At nearly 50, I am learning that there is still so much I don’t know, when I thought I about had it wrapped up!

Whether you think you can or think you can’t — you are right. ~Henry Ford

Only as high as I reach can I grow,
Only as far as I seek can I go,
Only as deep as I look can I see,
Only as much as I dream can I be.
~Karen Ravn

Next season please

Sure sign of Spring - Robin - Bird

To everything there is a season,

A time for every purpose under heaven:

 A time to be born, and a time to die;

A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

A time to break down and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

 A time to gain, and a time to lose;

A time to keep, and a time to throw away;

 A time to tear, and a time to sew;

A time to keep silence and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;

A time of war, and a time of peace.  Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about seasons this week.  It’s so funny how they do parallel our lives.  The bible even says to everything there is a season.

When I’m asked what my favorite season is, I often say fall and winter.  I think this has always been due to the accompanying holidays and knowing I’ll be spending quality time with family and friends.

However, after contemplating it more carefully, I have realized that my favorite season is the one that’s around the corner.  The one that isn’t quite here yet, the one I’m currently longing for.

Take right now, for instance.  We’ve had our fill of winter (some more than others, depending on our locale); the cold, dreariness, the bare trees and raggedly looking lawns and landscapes.  We are ready for spring.  We desire something new; the flowers, the birdsong, a change in the weather, some refreshing showers.

I remember at the end of last summer, I was dreamily desiring the arrival of fall.  I could almost taste the fall flavors of pumpkin and apple cider and smell the cinnamon and feel the slight dip in temperature.  In my mind were visions of scarecrows and carvings and leaves turning and descending to the earth.  It was something to look forward to and thinking about it filled me with anticipation.

When the temperatures began to drop and I began my Christmas shopping, I was already giddy with excitement for winter and the hopes of seeing snow (if I traveled out of my home state).  Bring on the sweaters and scarves and boots.  The love of Christmas and thoughts of enjoying more time with those I care about made me anxious for this glorious season.

And around it goes, year after year, season after season.  I guess the old saying is true, “we always want what we don’t have”.  We eagerly anticipate the next chapter, the next season.

It’s like our Creator to know this would suit us; the changing.  We change; our lives are lived out in seasons.  Our short lived attention spans and longing for more is somewhat satiated by the change in seasons.

So on this last day of winter, I say,  bring on the spring!  May yours be filled with a spring in your step, March madness and April showers, Easter and excitement over things to come and abundant love, joy and peace!

Mitch Teemley

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