I have a Pinterest board that I simply call “Becoming”.  I am always drawn to any quote or phrase which talks about becoming “something”… a better wife, a better mother, a better blogger, a better weaver… just becoming better.  As I have gone through the past 66 years on this earth, I realize that becoming has a lot, if not all, to do with changing.  When I stop and reflect on my life, I think back to the person I was at 18, at 25, 30, 35, 40, etc.  You know what I think?  I think as each year passed, life changed me, adding layers and colors to the person I was. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that’s a bad thing, necessarily. I can look back at those years and see the different me’s that emerged.  Was I better each day as I got older?  Did I have all of the answers, say the right things, treat others the right way? No, not always. Being a mother, a school teacher, a wife, a friend , a sister, a daughter-all had me wearing different hats.   The Barbara that wore each of those hats sometimes needed a different skill set or had a different set of choices to make.  Some of those choices made me a better version of myself and other choices did not.  But change me, they did.  I can now look back at all of the different seasons of my life and I can truthfully say that I have experienced great joys and much laughter, plenty of grace and abundant blessings. But I have also felt the greatest devastation and heartbreak  that one could experience-the loss of a child. So what helps us become the “best version of ourselves”?  Is it just the blessings we have?  The joy in our lives? Or the heartbreak we experience?  I think we would all agree that it is most certainly a combination of them all.  Each day I strive to be a better person than I was the day before.  I don’t always achieve that goal but each day when I open my eyes to face a new day, I  want the “me of today” to be better than the “me of yesterday”.  I pray for my “heart to be kind, my mind fierce, and my spirit brave”.  If I can do that, I will be on my way to becoming the best version of me!

Until next time…always remember that…every day is a great day to make a joyful noise.



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