The other day my son Tom and I were discussing Christmas plans and he told me that he and his brother (my youngest son Matt) wanted to host the family Christmas gathering at our house, and that they wanted to do the menu planning and most of the cooking. If you could have seen me, I’m sure that I would have looked like one of those cartoon characters doing a double-take, as my first thought\reaction was, what?! You two?! Really?!
It was so far out of the range of possible scenarios for our holiday gatherings that my mind couldn’t process it. I didn’t even know that they could (or would want to) take charge of an event like this. I said yes because it sounded like a big adventure (one that I would get to be a part of, but would not have to orchestrate) and I felt an odd sense of excitement, not dissimilar to the day I committed to go sky-diving.
Over the past week, as we firmed up plans, I had a most enlightening conversation with my future daughter-in-law, Lindsay. She and Tom met in Jackson Hole (Matt was also living there at that time) and she told me that during their time there, Tom and Matt used to plan incredible parties, even down to setting a dress-code. She went on to say how much everyone enjoyed these events.
My sons are both in their 30’s, and I never knew this about them. I am so glad that I said yes.
Over the next 72 hours, it is going to be my intention to say Yes (quietly, and to myself) 1000 times. Care to join me?
(a favorite prayer of mine is below)
“I am now willing to accept the unexpected, unusual, and amazing happenings in my life. There is but one Presence in this universe, and I am one with that Presence.There is but one Power, and that Power is good, loving, and benevolent.
Knowing this, I am ready to experience the wonders of life; the new adventures that contribute to a greater understanding of the mysteries of the cosmos.
I am prepared to hear the inner voice, behold the phenomena of hidden hands, and welcome the work of angels on my behalf. I am open to the truth that nothing is too good to be true. Yes!”
(the final prayer in the book, Nothing is Too Good To be True, by John Randolph Price)