Looking Back

Photo by Rainier Ridao on Unsplash

We are getting close to the official start of Fall here in the Northern Hemisphere. The change of seasons usually gets me looking back at what got done and what didn’t over the last quarter. It’s a leftover of my working life where we reevaluated every quarter of the financial year. While my life no longer follows financial quarters, it is still an ingrained habit to look at how things are going with each season.

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Hand in Hand

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

Several days ago, my son came into the house. “Mom” he called. “You have to see this sunrise!” We hurried out the door to find my world washed in pale peach. I stared in awe at the patio stones, their normal brown now tinged peach. My gaze lifted to the plants and trees their green leaves now glowed with a pale peach overlay. My eyes continued upward until I saw the clouds limed with peach and gold. Through the breaks in the clouds, there peeked through a stunning play of gold and peach sunrise light.

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Clean It Out!

Circumstances have changed and cleaning out our home is no longer in the far off future. It needs to be done now! We knew this deadline would eventually come and we will clean up our act. The projects and stuff that accumulated over the last 30-plus years needs to be dwelt with in the next several months. Let’s just say those ‘chickens have come home to roost!’ And they need a place to stay!

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Undercurrents

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Attending an event this past weekend, I reconnected with family and friends. We’d lost track of each other over the last several years. It was a sad gathering to celebrate the life of one suddenly taken. In the chatter, we updated each other. It was good to catch up with loved ones who’ve moved away or moved on with life’s growth.

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Suffering Christmas

This week I found encouragement in, of all places, a cross-reference. Part of an adventure journey is shutting off the noise and actively seeking. We may seek answers, reasons, or someone special. An adventure journey has a destination and choices. Choosing to investigate another path can actually help the journey. This week, my foray off the path brought me the strength to keep going.

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Encouraging Jeremiah

Finding the Mountains Beyond the Trees (Photo by Milly Moss on Mount Jefferson North Carolina Fall 2020)

Have you noticed this? The media outlets are choosing sides and are so focused on their message that they seem to be zealots. They fling facts at the audience in desperate sound bites, without much back-up. No solutions are given. I think they have lost sight of the big picture.

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Unintended Consequences

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Most of my career I worked in the public sector. In my field unintended consequences are a big concern. Anytime decisions, policies, and/or actions are taken, we consider the possible outcomes and what might be the unintended consequences. This process includes determining as many “what ifs” as possible. Good intentions can have hurtful results.

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A Merry Christmas from Florida

Florida Snow on Christmas Eve 2020 (Photo by Milly)

Yes, the mountain girl went to the beach yesterday, Christmas Eve, and that is Florida ‘snow’ that you see on the water. A cold front moved through SoFlo* this morning. The high yesterday was eighty degrees with winds, cloudy skies and a chance of ‘snow.’ As I write this, the temperature outside is fifty-five degrees. We expect the low tonight to be forty-two degrees. I’d better cover the plants! BRR! {Guffaw!} This is as close to a White Christmas as we get. Can you see the whitecaps on the Atlantic?

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Unconditional?

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I have been avoiding this post for about two weeks.  This is something I did not want to believe; yet the Lord in His infinite patience taught me I must let go of a false belief.  I don’t want to think my grandmother could have been off track, but… maybe? Continue reading “Unconditional?”