past joy present hope

Past Joy Present Hope

This time a year ago, life was chaotic. Everywhere I looked, moving boxes abounded. (Counting Down) I wondered what lessons learned in Texas’ sunshine would ship with all our stuff.

This morning, while a few things still need to find their niche, no moving boxes upset my line of sight. They’re broken-down and recycled! What life lessons made the transition from Texas back to Maryland? Many – but one keeps me anchored when wistfulness for Texas family, friends and landscape blooms:

Don’t cry because it’s over, Dr. Seuss counseled.
Smile because it happened! (Relinquishing)

The past three hundred fifty plus days took an unexpected and wee bit of health and strength when we arrived; but, nothing beyond the Lord’s ability to support. The passing of another year taught me time settles, heals, restores, and empowers: don’t be afraid of its passing for these very reasons.

This is still true, I am happy to report:

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. ~Lindley Karstens 

As is this wisdom: a quote from an eyewitness to a tragedy that happened just before we moved. I hope you have about ten minutes to watch, for in this year past, divisions still abound in America.

If we could get past our stereo-types, we’d be a lot better. ~ Kellon Nixon The Day after the Dallas Shootings, 2016

Oh, I unpacked this nugget, too.

Anomalies from my Garden:
Age doesn’t have to limit vitality. (Psalm 92:14)
But a lousy attitude may!

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