At the post office the other day I discovered an unexpected package – addressed to me by name and sent to my PO box but in an unrecognized handwriting from an unrecognized return address.
The unexpected doesn’t happen often inside this box. It’s the place where checks for my copywriting services arrive (or don’t). And I’m usually expecting whatever is coming (or disappointed when it doesn’t).
So basically, there’s not a lot of range in my PO box emotions – I’m either glad or sad. Yet this was different. This was curious.
I saw a name and an Illinois location, but no bells were ringing. Because I’m old enough to remember the Unabomber and the 2001 anthrax attacks, I wondered for a moment if the package was safe to open. But by the time I reached my car in the parking lot, my memory was sufficiently jogged.
I had signed up for an author’s book giveaway. I had won a drawing, and my copy had arrived.
The book, Moments and Days by Michelle Van Loon, talks about time in relation to feasts of the Old Testament and holidays of the Christian calendar.
Providing context, Van Loon explained how early civilizations had seen time circling without purpose – just going through one revolution then another. She cites writer Thomas Cahill’s insight that genealogies weren’t relevant, personal histories didn’t matter.
“The human race began to talk about time differently when God called Abram to leave Ur by faith and head to an unknown land God would show him,” Van Loon wrote. Now personal experiences and individual memories gained value as we could see that we had entered a journey with an eternal purpose and a destination.
I submit, that’s why our stories matter – the ones we tell ourselves and others. Our journeys are intertwined with divine guidance, and there’s so much beauty and grace to be seen in that recognition.
I’d thought time was created for accomplishment. I was here to perform, produce, overcome. I’m not saying I knew how to do the things necessary to achieve the aim I was pursuing. I’m just saying I thought that was the purpose: perform, produce, overcome.
Yet I don’t have a full CV where I wiped slates clean, racked up victories or transcended issues. I’m still pretty much like I always was. Just with more experience at it.
I have carried the little girl, the teen, the young adult, and the mid-life struggling optimist into this day. And seeing so much future now as past looks like, “Well, I’m probably going to have to reassess my strategy here.”
For me, that means seeing the good story in the whole journey – a story told with joy, gratitude and appreciation. How about you? Will you tell a good story today about the life you’re living?
Enjoy your magnificent journey.
– Minnie Lamberth
The Magnificent Journey
Vol. 3, Issue 3