Sunday, January 12, 2014

Embrace the Adventure

Quite a few writers have talked about finding their word for the year. Some have done it for many years but I've never jumped in and chosen mine.

This year I decided to choose a phrase instead: Embrace the Adventure.

I'm not sure the exact moment my dismal situation hit me. Maybe when I started noticing a pattern of complaints in my journal. Maybe when my good friend joked that after seven years, yeah, maybe she was a little tired of my whining. (I'm a slow learner.)

I guess it doesn't matter when but more importantly that I do recognize how I'm taking my ups and downs in life. Sure, I'll say it. I whine. Maybe a lot. It depends on what's happening. Don't make me tell you how low I can go. Envision the limbo.

Instead of embracing the changes God gives me in my life, I run screaming and moaning from them. I can imagine His reaction. I pray and pray for something and when He allows it to happen, I whine because it isn't exactly in my timing or the exact way I'd imagined it. I really don't trust too well.

So today a new mantra goes up on my refrigerator. Embrace the Adventure. Fall full into God's arms when He gives me a new situation. Take it on and be grateful for the experience. Watch and learn from it. Be thankful.

But most of all. Don't whine.

Disclaimer: This change might come slowly but it's the effort that counts.

14 comments:

Beth K. Vogt said...

This post put a smile on my face.
Embrace the Adventure -- or in other words, don't whine.

That's a great goal for the year.

And thank God for friends who love us no matter what -- and challenge us to change.
And love us during the process.

Lily Robinson said...

If God was on Facebook, I think He would constantly comment 'smh' on a lot of our whining. We all have that in us. Realizing it sure helps us in the battle.

You have quite an adventure to embrace right now! Enjoy the ride.

Karen Lange said...

I like that phrase. It fits everything so well! :)

Carol Riggs said...

Ah, what an honest and humble goal. Prayers to you as you try! It's a good goal for all of us. We all have a bit of whiner in us, I think. :)

Lin Floyd said...

I'm the same and it's all tied up with expectations rather than gratitude for the journey...

Lynda R Young said...

I think I'm going to have to add that to my fridge quote of "All is well".

Susan said...

Hi Terri.....These thoughts have always helped me. They are from Mary Kupferle's book, "God Will See Me Through":

God will turn everything to good.

Everything is working together for good.

God is in control.

Trust the Spirit Within.

Open up to God.

Trust in God's Perfect Law of Adjustment.

Hope 2014 brings many wonderful happenings to your life and to your hubby's, too. Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Great phrase! I'm so glad you've returned to blogging. :)

Joanne Sher said...

LOVE it, Terri! You go girl!

Nikki (Sarah) said...

your words and thoughts, always hit me. I want to adopt your motto too. Embrace the adventure and no whining. Love that. Here's to 2014....Embracing the adventure!!!

Saumya said...

Thank you for this. I really needed this and your wisdom is well written!

Cindy in PA said...

'Embrace the Adventure' sounds like a wonderful phrase for you this year! Blessings in 2014!

Cheryl Klarich said...

I LOVE it!!!

Bless you!!

Anonymous said...

Here is hoping life brings you what you are looking for. Good luck on your future Someday we will meet again and it will be happy Keep up your dream.