I got into my car to drive home after a long day at work. I remembered what I’d heard earlier in the week about a simple prayer: “whatever” (palms up) in the morning and “enough” (palms down) in the evening.
I took a deep breathe, felt “whatever” was still an appropriate posture, and turned my palms upward. That one gesture set in motion the next few minutes.
I began driving home, feeling tired, a little uncertain, the desire to escape from my emotions, and randomly my Grandmother came to mind. She was likely at home and available to talk.
Ten minutes later I was hanging up the phone with my heart full. The last two minutes of the call were pure praise, with her saying how proud of me she was over and over again and just how much she loved me and the man I had become.
Seconds later I turned the bend in the road and was met by a beautiful rainbow. There was just something about the timing. The subtle tearing up turned to full on weeping.
When the soul gets what it needs it’s a wonderful feeling, a satisfaction unlike anything else. Too often we don’t pause to pray, adjust our posture, make the call, receive affirmation, notice beauty...
...and we go on in a hurry and distract ourselves and fill ourselves with anything and everything to keep from feeling and working through the negative emotions that so often rise up. Then we miss what’s on the other side.
I felt more present with Lacie when I got home. I slept better that night. I woke up the next morning feeling more excited about what the day had to offer.
Just a simple reminder today, in case your heart is starving, sometimes (certainly not all the time) the answers are simpler and closer than you realize.
Pause. Take a breath. Does your posture or attitude need an adjustment? Is there someone right now you can call that will hear you out, build you up? Are you missing the beauty in front of you?
If nothing else, know I’m rootin’ for you.