Sometimes, life gets in the way of experiencing it, of truly being able to relish a moment in real time.
Sometimes, all the running around we do to live our lives prevents us from living life.
Sometimes schedules, programs, appointments and to-do lists, although immensely useful and wholly practical, can narrow our world.
Sometimes they cause us to miss out.
Now don’t get me wrong. I thrive on structure. Organization keeps me sane. I love my planner and putting things on the calendar. I like prepping and meal planning and getting ahead. Even nature provides structure with the rising sun, waning moon, and changing seasons.
But sometimes … sometimes I truly believe God gives us a moment, an opportunity, or a chance to step off the beaten path to experience something new, or allows plans to go awry so we can see another way, or presents a pause so we can get a peek of color in a world of grey.
Which is why my one word resolution for this year is SPONTANEITY.
Spontaneity, to look one way when everyone else looks another, to turn left instead of right, to stay instead of go (or go instead of stay), to walk in the middle of a run (or stop in the middle of a walk), to do something on a Wednesday instead of Tuesday, to put aside the newspaper and read a fairy tale, to reach out instead of holding back.
Spontaneity, to follow a road without a map.
Spontaneity, to be ready, brave, and bold to let go, venture off, and grasp the gift of something new, different, exciting, adventurous, and unplanned.
During an early morning walk this week I noticed grey everywhere.
The canal trail, water, tree moss, sky. It was all grey.
And then I spotted this ...