Deb was behind the counter in the cafe at church, taking coffee & hot chocolate orders from people in line. Giving her a quick shout and saying good morning was my intention, but as I got closer, I realized how busy she was, so an “I’ll call ya’ later!” was all she got. Turning around to head out, an adorable (like, really, really, super adorable) little boy named Calvin approached me. Looking up with his mouth full, and his eyes big with so much excitement, a chocolate frosted donut in his hand, (with its evidence all over his cute little face), he said to me, “You HAVE to get a donut! You HAVE TO!”
Well, okay Calvin! I’ll get in line!
I’ve been thinking a lot lately as we approach the end of 2022, of what my 2023 goals or plans would be. Doesn’t everyone do that? Tonight I’ve decided I’ve been thinking too hard. I turn 60 in a few months, and trips to Italy or Ireland have crossed my mind, but I’ll never pull off getting enough time off to do that. And so, I keep thinking!
Taking a bonsai class – now that’s something I’d love to do. Maybe shed a few pounds. Start working out. Maybe think of a few bucket list things that might be fun – stuff I’ve never done before. I dunno.
But tonight I’m thinking Calvin might be on to something. Maybe, just maybe I need to keep it as simple as a chocolate donut. Maybe I’m just supposed to find new excitement in what have become the mundane daily things. Maybe I AM supposed to try that chocolate covered donut, although, I don’t think any of my doctors would agree!
Maybe I’m supposed to just slow down, and see the things around me through eyes like a child, and get excited about them all over again. I did mention that my friends Tonnie, Jen, & I have resurrected the almost-lost-art of “pen pal letter writing” and door-to-door Christmas caroling. Perhaps…. Just maybe 2023 is going to be about enjoying the good old-fashioned little things in life – little things like chocolate donuts. Let’s see where this lands, k?
Matthew 18:2-3 says “Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
I’m not convinced this means I’m supposed to be as excited about donuts as Calvin was, but maybe I’m supposed to learn something from all of the littles around me. I think Calvin is on to something. I’ll keep you posted, and in the meantime, hang tight, or loose, whichever you prefer. 😉
Well, I gotta go call Deb now.
PS) Thanks, Calvin!