I challenge you to a dare
“Can I challenge you to a dare? Today, stop praying for anything other than the life you have!…before we begin the year, with a sense of adventure, give thanks for your most “ordinary” life. This is how the miracle begins, as we embark with a sense of adventure seeking the splendid in the simple gift of the everyday.”
— Sarah Ban Breathnach
One of my two all-time favorite movies is The Wizard of Oz, which I’ve always thought of (sometimes over the teasing of friends) as a story with many profound lessons. Through dazzling but difficult adventures, Dorothy learns that what she has been seeking has been hers all along. It’s a discovery I imagine that many of us need to make.
If the past 14 months have done nothing else for me (although they have done much), they have taught me the unsurpassed blessings that go with each moment of ordinary life. It’s something I knew intellectually for years, but recently I have been rather hit over the head with it, again and again. While these poundings have left me more than a little bewildered at times, they have provided a sort of clarity through which I am able to see things I didn’t see very well before.
What do you love most about your everyday life? Feel free to share these graces with us here. Reading of your joys, we will doubtless recognize common threads in our own amazing tapestries. Let’s keep weaving!
One year ago today