This morning as I was driving Isabella to her before school program, she pointed out the sunrise to me. I glanced at the sun rising above the horizon and said a quick yes, my mind already wandering to other things. But then she pulled me back. From the backseat I heard her little voice say "I love the sunrise GaGa." I was surprised to hear that and I asked her why she loved the sunrise so much and to my surprise she replied "Because it is the start of a new day. God is giving us a new day." Then she rembered, "It's Groundhog Day!" she cried and began singing a little song. From the mouthes of babes. Indeed, He has given us a new day, a fresh start, a chance for renewal, a chance for redemption, another sunrise. I smiled and agreed with her and a minute later we were at school, getting out of the car and heading inside. I gave her a kiss and told her that I loved her and she said "I know! All the way to the moon and back, but not as much as I love you!" I left with a smile on my face and in my heart, what a way to start the day.
As I drove to work I couldn't help but think about what she said. A new day, given to us by God. So many opportunities await us each day, each day a gift. Then I got to work and my day began and I quickly forgot about the events of the early morning. A busy morning at work waited for me and it became more hectic by the minute. I was being pulled in several different direction, able to be in just one place at one time, and unable to satisfy the demands that were being asked of me. I wanted to yell, my frustration was mounting and with each minute that passed, I found myself becoming angry. Then I stopped and I took a moment for myself. I took a deep breath and looked out the window and saw the beauty the waited for me just beyond the window. And I took a minute to pray. To thank Him for the beauty of the earth, for the richness of my family, for a job that keeps me busy, and for a new day. And I felt better. My burden was lifted. I could only do what I could do, no more. And what doesn't get done? It will still be there tomorrow.
So I will keep working and when I leave for the day, I will reflect on what I have accomplished and what waits for me when I get home. My family, and a 'special dinner'. Bella's request. Her favorite-ham. In honor of Groundhog Day and six more weeks of winter!
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