My Mary Engelbreit daily tear-off calendar had this message one day last week: "May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door."
I like that image. It's always lovely when the next steps of our life's journey are well-lit, warmed by friends and loved ones and oh-so-smooth. When those days come, savor and enjoy them.
But when the path has stones or perhaps even rocks to make us stumble, when things are so dim that we barely find our way, and when the climb seems straight uphill with no end in sight, let's try to find that bright spot. Is there a friend on whom you can lean? A bright sliver of light on which you can focus?
I don't know about you, but sometimes I focus so much on the stones on my path that I don't even notice the warm words, full moon and downhill trend of my journey. My focus is far too narrow, and I miss the blessings and the positive things in my life. It's then that I need to remember to look up—look around me and savor the beauty and the precious moments that generally are right there along with the challenges and difficulties in my life.
Be real and honest about the challenges. It doesn't help to wish them away. But let's also notice the blessings and miracles all around.