Have you ever swept off a sidewalk and driveway after a freshly mowed lawn? Broom sweeping or thumb-in-the-hose spraying off the discarded cut grass is one of my favorite activities. I take a long time doing it, making sure each blade of grass is removed from the walkways. As I’m spraying it is easy to get lost in thought. To solve the world’s problems. To think and absorb a bit of time that is cocooned within the confines of this simple activity of clearing off the pavement in front of me.
It’s a methodical process. Back and forth, line by line, catching the stray pieces that escape the first swipe.
And then, as if suddenly popped back into reality, you are at the end of the driveway. All the grass has been pushed aside and your thoughts are immediately brought back to the task at hand.
Dropping the hose or lowering the broom, you turn back around to examine your work. The smell of freshly mowed grass aids in your sense of overall accomplishment as you smile at the clean sidewalks and clear driveways. They have been readied for activity. For family members to walk freely. For cars to come and go without clumps of the green stuff sticking to their exteriors.
I feel this same sense of finished-ness at the end of each year. Suddenly snapped out of day-to-day life, I find myself standing at the end of the driveway, the end of another year. I see a few unfinished tasks, but as a whole, I am pleased at the year that lies behind me. I feel ready and excited for the cluster of experiences and events and people that the new year will hold.
What do you see behind you in 2011? What do you anticipate in 2012? It’s natural to have a sense of uneasiness as we face another year. Knowing that we are not alone in this journey eases some of the trepidation. Knowing we have a God who buoys us faithfully, even more security is felt.
Scott and I wish you a year of growth, both personally and with others. In an age of online communities, we wish you more face-to-face conversations. May you truly laugh. Out loud. With your friends and family. Spending easy times with your children and moments of simple joy with your spouse. Your friendships to us are spoken of often and felt very deeply in our hearts. The older we get, the more significant authentic friendships become. Make a covenant with yourself to be purposeful about relationships this year. Develop old ones and discover new ones. Then at the end of 2012, as you stand at the bottom of your driveway, take special notice of those who are standing with you and love them deeper still.
Happy 2012! Thank you for experiencing 2011 with us. We can’t wait to spend moments of the new year with you as well.
Live an unscripted life in 2012. Not too planned. Not too regimented. Be open to improvisation along the way. It is in those detours that we find our most profound moments of joy.
Much love –