It has been quite a while since I have taken the time to write and explore my thoughts about living here. I am now almost half-way through my second year of teaching abroad in China. Just typing that sentence is still quite surreal because it is so dramatically different from what I thought my life would look like just a few years ago.
I am sitting in my classroom with a delightful cup of vanilla rooibos tea – just one of the many things I had never experienced before moving here. A really good friend of mine introduced me to that South African delicacy last year. The irony is not lost on me that I am drinking tea from another country in a land where I am surrounded by TEA…
I have been reading many posts showing 2018 in review, but one post really caught my attention. A former colleague of mine posted something about her word for the year in 2018.
I had never read anything like this before and it got me thinking…
How might my outlook change if I, too, chose a word to focus on for an entire year?
So, I’ve decided I would embark upon a new challenge for 2019. I am going to choose a word to focus on this year.
My word came to me in the most ridiculous of ways, but I choose to believe that nothing is coincidental in this life. God orchestrates all things – the monumental and the minuscule.
If you have spent any time on Facebook, I am sure you have seen those little games that generate information for you. I don’t usually play along, but recently I did two of them. One of them was a quirky little test that produced predictions for 2019 – which is, of course, not something that I believe can be produced by computer code on a social media site.
The first “prediction” was Krista’s word for 2019.
I was quite surprised that the word it suggested was something that I often struggle with, sometimes completely fail to demonstrate, but many times think about and would like to be a better representation of…
My word that I will focus on this year will be…
|synonyms:||delight, great pleasure, joyfulness, jubilation, triumph, exultation, rejoicing, happiness, gladness, glee, exhilaration, exuberance, elation, euphoria, bliss, ecstasy;|
“We are too prone to engrave our trials in marble and write our blessings in sand.”
All too often, I find myself demonstrating the quote with the way I react to situations in daily life – forgetting that so many are watching the way I respond. I firmly believe that I was sent to live here for a reason, and that reason often involves being a witness to things that I cannot safely talk about.
This makes my reactions and responses all the more important to onlookers. What I hope they see and what they actually see are not always congruent.
I do not make resolutions because by nature, I don’t keep them very long.
Instead, what I am proposing is an increased awareness, if you will.
What I am hoping is that 2019 will bring me opportunities to practice writing my blessings in marble instead of sand.
I am certain that it will.
The only thing that I can do is resolve to try harder, to see things differently, to practice JOY…
You may be wondering why I chose the image that I did for this post.
I was recently in Taiwan and had the opportunity to see an art exhibit of a famous artist of children’s books.
I was drawn to this image.
It seemed to me that the girl depicted here was on a joyful journey.
I would like to join her on that journey.
I hope that you will too.