A few years ago, when my son was 21 and we were having difficulties transitioning through some young adult issues, I had an epiphany one day: he needed grace from me, and space to be allowed to work out his issues. And that phrase has continued to have a useful place in my life, as I often feel that I either need these gifts for myself (from others) or I need to extend these gifts. Like most catchy phrases, it’s easy to say, more difficult to do in the grip of the moment, whatever the issue, and whoever the others involved.
So the point of this blog is recognizing that there are many grace notes in life…some come from and through others, some just seem to be gifts that come when needed and bring a smile, comfort, hope…or perhaps understanding. As most people instinctively seek and recognize comfort, recording the things or experiences that bring comfort may seem unnecessary. But I believe that when I consciously mark some positive thing in my life, I increase its power. If it is a personal luxury, I can repeat it when possible. If the source is from someone or something that is a random kindness or event, I can appreciate it more fully by acknowledging and being grateful for the gift I’ve received.
Many things bring a smile to my face: my children, my new grandchild, a good book, a moving quote, a phone call or email from a friend, comfort food, shopping in a favorite store, sunshine…grace is all around us, in many forms. We have to open our eyes to see, and our spirits to receive.