My beloved prairie is known for its harshness – wildly hot summers, cruel winds, severe winters, violent thunderstorms, hail, and tornados. Yet, we are also legendary for our stunning sunsets. The day can bring a traumatic mix of weather extremes, but as it softens into night, the sky often presents a glorious pageantry of color. The day finishes better than it started.
I want to live like that.
I encourage my teenage clients to improve over the span of high school. Admissions officers will forgive a lower test score or grade as a freshman or sophomore as long as they see steady growth through the years.
Likewise, I strive for continual improvement as a woman, wife, mother, and friend. There have been plenty of mistakes through the years, some trauma, some bad choices, even some storms. But I hope that I am a different person than I was twenty years ago or even than I was yesterday. Softer. Humbler. More forgiving. More discerning. Better disciplined.
It’s easier now to hold an eternity focus and not only concentrate on this moment in time. But I’m not where I want to be. Hopefully every day I have left will bring me a little closer to becoming a virtuous woman. It is my prayer that, by the end of my journey, the sky will hold a rapturous sunset of blessing for those around me.
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