First frost of the winter arrived!  A cold and crisp morning. Beauty!  My little camera came outside with me and I was in awe.  The frost on the deck’s bannister ushered a depth of gratitude for much in my life including, on this cold morning, the power is still on!

It’s a day filled with possibility and gratitude in spite of the yuck of greed and commercialism; in spite of the fear that fills social media; in spite of this morning’s news of yet-another-shooting at a school; in spite of the sadness of this first Advent and Christmas without my beloved.

I refuse to let negativity detract from my ability to feel hopeful
to be loving, to experience peace, to be aware of beauty.  I refuse.

At the same time, I won’t shut my eyes to the images that flood the media.
I won’t close my ears to the sounds of suffering.  I won’t ignore the pain
in my heart.

I will feel what I feel.  I will do what I can.  I will remember.  I will pray. And I will find one thing – just one little thing – this and every day that will give me hope.

Today’s hope arrived in the frost on the bannister on our deck. Frosty Hope!


Photo and Text © june maffin