Wednesday, March 7, 2012
I've been thinking about it all day because clearly the easy answer that is all so often shoved down our throats at us in our desperate cries like Juliana did is "You choose it." It reminds me of this book I used to read to my students called The Traveler's Gift. The book goes through 7 decisions of success and each decision is taught through a historical story. The 5th decision is, "I will choose to be happy" and it was taught by Anne Frank as she sat in the attic waiting for the Nazi's to find her family. I remember the reaction of one particular student as we read this chapter. She was a darling sweet genius girl so I was quite surprised when she rolled her eyes at this beautiful passage. So I am hesitant to answer the question above because typically these questions have easy answers that we don't want to hear.
So thinking of Juliana's question... how? I think that is a huge part of the test of this life... how. It's different for everyone. So I can only tell you what has worked for me. I have tried unsuccessfully many different methods to embrace, shape, love, rejoice, and delight in the future. Those long time readers of this blog have witnessed a lot of that discovery. But what brings me joy and hope for the future comes down to one thing. People. So for me, to delight in the future, I have to go out of my way to make sure I am surrounding myself with the people that bring me that hope. And the wonderful thing is I believe that my relationship with these people will not end anytime soon... I get to be with them forever.
at 6:25 PM