Lucky Just To Linger In Your Light


This is the latest in my series of blog entries taking a fresh look at a variety of topics. I’ve set up a page on the blog explaining the project and linking to my entries. This post’s topic is “Smiling.”

Something that makes me smile — serendepity.

I’d been looking forward to the last Reconstruction post I did, on the creation of the universe, for a while. But the next one just sort of loomed there. “Smiling”? Um, smiling is good. People should smile. I like to smile. What do you say about it.

But then right after I finished the last post in the series, this post showed up in my news reader. Go, read it. I’ll wait.

Smiling Comes Easy Here This month is going to be a hectic one. On the agenda, we have everything from homeschooling starting back up (for which I am only minimally prepared), to Girl Scout cookie sales, to my teaching at the pregnancy center again, with lots in between! I really dislike being a busy person, but with four kids, it’s not possible to avoid busyness. However, it is possible to be busy only with things that really matter. Things that tug the corners of my m … Read More

– “Smiling Comes Easy Here” via The Faery Inn

See what she did there? Better than anything I had in mind for the “smile” prompt, and that’s not even what she was trying to do.

But, ultimately, it gets back to what I wrote in my New Year’s post, about undiscovered treasure.  A lot of her post is about finding beauty in the mundane or the things we take for granted. How often to you smile about a friend’s rebuke or a seeing a pregnant woman or sitting at a school table. But there really is treasure everywhere.

I wrote my short version of her list a while back for a Plinky prompt, my catalog of everyday treasures, my raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.

What about you? What are the magical mundanities of your life? Where is your every day treasure?

What makes you smile?

Nothing Changes On New Year’s Day


Years ago, science fiction grandmaster Arthur C. Clarke wrote a book, a sequel, titled “2010.” It was about the future.

The future is now past.

It’s a new day. A new year. A new future. Not the one that the book, or other futurists envisioned. But an amazing one nonetheless.

As Paul Simon wrote of a different past future, “these are the days of miracle and wonder.”We live in an amazing age, of amazing possibility.

Heather wrote a post recently about “Rediscovering the Art of Lost Treasure.”  I think Bill Watterson said it well: “There’s Treasure Everywhere.”

Make resolutions if you want. Don’t if you don’t. The truth is, a good year is the one that isn’t defined by the things you wanted at its beginning, but the one that is defined by things you never would have thought to dream, by the hidden treasure. Go. Find yours.

I’ll see you out there.

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Roald Dahl

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