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Stop and Watch the Clouds Pass By

My daughter gave me this picture in the featured image many years ago. I thought the drawings were odd but something in the simplicity of the words resonated with me so I hung it up . . .  and I’ve been passing by it ever since, sometimes taking a longer glance as I walk into my office.

These days, I get it.

Life can get pretty dizzy at times. In the past, I’ve rarely laid on my back to watch the clouds – I’ve laid down on my back to sleep.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been spending time meditating in the morning and learning about softening my reactions to bodily sensations, sounds, thoughts and emotions. I’m becoming more aware of this running inner dialogue in my mind that rarely stops. It is so revealing to observe this incessant stream of thoughts – how random, chaotic and repetitive they can be. These days, I am learning how not to give them power to disrupt my day.

“It sounds simple but you won’t believe how many people forget the second part.”

I am one of those people who has often “forgotten the second part.”

This has become a most welcomed season of quiet for me. Dealing with anxiety. Slowing down. Reflecting on my past. Taking time to meditate. Noticing the small things. Keeping it simple. Praying breath prayers and most importantly, choosing stillness and listening to Jesus.

I like the idea behind this quote:

We think it is the big moments that define our lives – the wedding, the baby, the new house, the dream job. But really these big moments of happiness are just punctuation marks. The narrative is written every day in the small and simple. Sarah Ban Breathnach

Happiness is not my goal but understanding the narrative that is “written every day in the small and simple” brings joy. I will miss the small and simple if I’m not slowing down enough to enjoy it.

I desire deep joy.

Joy takes depth and I want to go deep with Jesus. “He is as committed to our joy in Him as He is to His ultimate purpose in the universe.” John Piper

I want to “leap with joy.” Luke 6.23





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