“I must have done something right,” the father of a nineteen-year-old young lady was telling me after having fixed my troublesome garage door.
Although his daughter had drifted a bit during her early teen years, she was now coming over to her parents’ house on the weekends and was genuinely enjoying spending time with her parents again.
The repairman’s eyes lit up when he talked about the renewed relationship with his daughter. He seemed relieved about how things had turned out.
“I must have done something right,” he had said a few minutes earlier.
His oldest daughter is nineteen. My oldest daughter is ten. I don’t want to wait nine years to know whether or not I’ve done something right. Because now is when I need to hear it.
Now—when I am in smack dab in the middle of raising her.
Now—when I feel the pressure to examine every choice I make, wondering how these choices will affect her now and in the future.
Now—when I want to trust my gut and live by heart rather than simply go along with mainstream opinion or “expert” advice.
Now—when I need little glimmers of hope to cling to each day.
So I decided not to wait.
Each day for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been looking for a little rightness—a little what-is-right-in-my-world.
Notice I say “a little.” Because what I am talking about is practically unnoticeable. It’s hardly note-worthy. And it’s definitely not anything worthy of public sharing—at least not according to societal standards. But that’s why it’s working for me. That’s why it’s encouraging to me. Because looking for what is right in my world – in my day – in my hour – is far more encouraging than looking for what is “right” in my world according to social media, societal standards, or popular opinion.
I invite you to take a look. Maybe this list will inspire you to see what is right in your world today.