A lot of points to make here. We’re giving you a Walter Henegar style all-over-the-place warning:
One thing we notice a lot is how friend groups can have moods. We have a great friend group here in ATL, and we are all pretty similar. Smart, Christian girls that have a slight cynical edge. We more or less at the same point in life, and we are experiencing a lot of things at the same time. [about to have a large jump, stay with us].
Whenever the leaves start to change, we find ourselves evaluating past falls and how things have changed from year to year. “Where were we at this point, remember the first time you return to college in the fall, bonfires how we love thee, we have a strange craving for tailgating food…” Fall makes us feel like a new start. Like a new beginning.
And for one reason or another, maybe it’s the season change, maybe it’s the friend group mood, but it seems that all of us have been experiencing a restoration of faith. A renewed sense of hope. An excitement about the future. An appreciation of the present.
One of our friends has made a resolution for fall ’09 (keeping streamline in ’09 alive!). She has let cynicism go. And this is her picture of who she sees:
“Today was a big day. Or maybe it was the weekend. I don’t know what it was, but I’m eerily hopeful and trusting. I’ve taken cynicism, folded it neatly, and put it on the shelf….
The Non-Cynical Person: When someone tells her she is praying for her, the Non-Cynical Person believes her, and she might do the same…She thinks people are telling the truth when they call in sick…She stops at stop signs, and she writes her grandmother a letter…She believes in a cause…She can let go of the pain from a friend who has disappointed her, and not be bitter when that friend asks, “How ARE you?” She can understand that it’s not about her…She welcomes people any time, even if they are inconsistent, inconsiderate, or boring…She isn’t resentful with someone asks her for time or money, but she prayerfully considers the request…She folds the laundry instead of leaving it in the dryer overnight…She cries in church when she hears the gospel; she doesn’t fight the tears…She is hopeful, and even when she isn’t, she is hopeful for hope…She unclenches the fists of her spirit and learns that she can trust God…”
So here’s to fall. And here is to restoration.