My blog used to be called, “Grace and Space.” I changed it about a year ago to “Grace and Life.” But I like the story that gave me the first title, so I’m keeping it, even though it’s a little out of sync now. The sentiment is still the same.
I am a woman seeking serendipity, unexpected pleasure, small comforts, joys of life, big and small…all grace notes that make the trip more meaningful. Life is challenging, but grace can make all the difference!
The title of my blog, “Grace and Space,” comes from this little story:
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 I needed space from him…he needed space to be allowed to work out his issues. 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 whomever the others involved.
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 appear when needed, and bring a smile, comfort, hope, or perhaps understanding. Recording life’s joys may seem unnecessary. But I believe that when I consciously mark positives in my life, I increase their power. I can appreciate joys more fully by acknowledging and being grateful for the gift I’ve received.
Many things bring a smile to my face: my children, my grandchildren, 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 only have to open our eyes to see, and our spirits to receive.