A few years ago, I read a marvelous book called One Thousand Gifts – A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. The author, Ann Voskamp, asks this question: “How do I wake up to joy and grace and beauty and all that is the fullest life when I must stay numb to losses and crushed dreams and all that empties me out?”
The book chronicles her journey to learn to live a lifestyle of thanksgiving, looking for and rejoicing in the gifts that are proffered to her each day – gifts both big and small, and gifts that may not even look like gifts. Why? Because how we behold the world determines if we hold joy. Life is short, and joy is the magic element that stretchs each moment to the fullest.
In 2013 I want to “be all eye”, as Voskamp calls it. I want to encounter God at eye level, as Jan Phillips calls her work with her camera.
I want to look for the joy, look for the light, and give thanks.