Day 15: Finding our Yellow Umbrellas

I slip on three bracelets every day. One is from my daughter. One reminds me of my dear friends in far away places. And one holds a key with my one little word for 2017, lift. When I chose this word, my intent was to lift others. So far this year, I haven’t been providing much lift. I’ve needed it.

Tonight I drove home feeling less than. Diminished. Nothing had happened. Most days I find hope or have an expectation that something good is around the next corner. But driving home tonight I couldn’t conjure it.

I pulled into the driveway, walked into the kitchen, soup and salad and my husband were at the table. I forgot my low and gave thanks. Having someone waiting at home offering food is my idea of absolute love.  My self-deprecating mood abated.

Dishes cleaned, I sat down to read posts. My heart was filled with Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Elisabeth Ellington, Katherine Sokolowski, and Tara Smith all shared their insights and videos in their tributes to the personification of the word lift. I went on to watch Beckoning the Lovely and two of Amy’s TED talks.

Her yellow umbrella is a call to action. To make something beautiful. To beckon the lovely.
To “make more of what time we have.”  

With Amy’s words and all of the blessings that surround me, I am lifted to beckon the lovely in me and in my world. Here’s to finding our yellow umbrellas.

Thank you Two Writing Teachers for the March Slice of Life Challenge. Read more slices here.