It frequently happens at this time of year—this stretch between Thanksgiving and year-end holidays. We are apt to be a few degrees out of our normal routine—auto pilot off—when suddenly, ZING! A moment of grace, instead of passing unnoticed, slips through and hits home. We are fully awake to life in that instant. And somehow, all we need to know is contained in it. Might this “flashing” be encounters with ‘enlightenment’? Perhaps its onset? Those sweet spots are pure truth. Imagine a life connecting these dots.

A person who catches on to this can develop quite an appetite for it. One begins to wonder at countless missed opportunities to be glad. No more of that! Our intention is to notice. And we do. That is not to deny trouble and tragedy in our world. Rather this fulsome perspective brings clarity and the ability to meet them with greater strength—greater intelligence. Whatever else abides in our world, grace abides here too.

Curious how what we follow seems also to follow us. “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,” would seem the conclusion of one led by grace.


“Happiness cannot be traveled to,
owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience
of living every minute with love,
grace, and gratitude.”

—Denis Waitley