A blanket of snow yet to experience a boot print. That is what a New Year can feel like. A place where soiled and trodden pathways are behind you. Where ahead lies the fresh month of January, the first page of an unmarked calendar with sharp edged pages not yet softened by busy fingers turning pages.
Just before the Christmas holidays, I spent a weekend in a winter wonderland of fresh snow. On the four hour drive to Lake Louise, we managed to get ahead of the winter storm so that we safely made it to Deer Lodge where pencil sharp icicles dripped from windows. We stamped our boots to rid of the snow but the heat from the foyer stone fireplace immediately warmed our faces. Christmas trees, wreaths, and poinsettias decorated our walk to our modest room.
I hardly slept, excited for two days away from the city in a winter wonderland.
From snow-shoeing trails covered with spruce tree branches bent from inches of fresh snow, to watching ice-climbers climb a waterfall, to listening to waters behind frozen falls splash into canyon pools, the weekend was full of take-a-breath away moments.
I define take-a-breath away moments as when you come upon an unexpected view that fires all your senses. And in that moment, all feels right in the world.
And that is what I want more of – take-a-breath away moments that sweep me into the present, into an contentment that naturally creates peace, harmony, and grace to my mind and heart. For when this way, no doubt, worries, and insecurities, can invade. When working life in all that God wants for us-peace, contentment in all circumstances, and rest in Him- we fully can live out His purpose and serve others.
Yes, I want to intentionally breathe in more take-a-breath away moments.
And give more of the same.
So, may this New Year, here, bring you into take-a-breath moments of refreshment, rest, and renewal. Intentionally I want to serve you through my love of nature, of creations, of stories and words. Yes, there is a selfish component to wanting to serve this way, but like a baby’s giggle when you cannot help yourself but smile back, may my joy be your refreshment, too.
Word for the Year
Intentional is my Word for 2022. And it begins with intentionally giving take-a-breath moments that refresh like an untrodden path covered in a blanket of newly fallen snow.