Dwelling in possibility

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I dwell in possibility. ~ Emily Dickinson

As we draw closer to a new year, I spent extra time considering the message I desired to convey in this post. And I settled on a common thread I imagine weaves itself throughout humanity: expectation. In my own life, my family waits with expectation to celebrate the birth of Jesus (see “Regain the wonder…”). Others, throughout the world, prepare with expectation to engage in favorite traditions in the spirit of the holidays. Regardless of what this season might look like on your corner of the planet, I can almost guarantee each of us anticipates starting over. Yet, with many of the best-laid plans we envisioned for a new decade turned upside-down, it might prove difficult to wrap our minds around the hint of possibility. But herein lies the nugget—an idea to contemplate as we count down to 2021 and the clichéd clean slate. Without expectation, without hope: what remains?

How does your life reflect expectation for the new year?

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Keep your mind off the wait

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Forever is composed of nows. ~ Emily Dicksonson

A while back I wrote about time standing still when we’re waiting for something.  Especially as kids and it was our birthday or Christmas just out of reach.  As adults, vacations and monumental events take “forever” to arrive.  But as Dickinson suggests, our pasts, presents and futures are all rolled into now.  The older I get, the more I desire Someday be handed to me on a platter.  But time after time I remind myself that now is all I have to work with.  The thing is, I’m already living most of my dreams.  I’m just waiting for a couple of details to fall into alignment.  So while I figuratively wait for the rest of my life to start, I’m trying to figure out how to live now.  That’s when I get in the most trouble, however.  When I overdo and overload in order to keep my mind off the wait.

Are you living now, or thinking about the wait?