Michael & Linda Dunn, Called to preside over the South Africa Johannesburg mission beginning June 27, 2014.
President and Sister Dunn
Sunday, July 3, 2016
July 1, 2016 This date marks our 2 years in the South Africa Johannesburg Mission. We only have 1 year left and these 365 days are going to go fast! We have loved every day and just hope we can savor these last days, weeks and months to the fullest extent.
Now is the high tide of the year,
and whatever of life has slipped away
Comes flooding back with ripple cheer
Now the heart is so full that a drop overfills it,
We are happy now because God wills it.
~ James Russell Lowell
I love July 1st for many reasons, but it is a midyear evaluation. It is a time that I want to be more focused, not on what the future holds, but really living in the present. I have paraphrased what Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote in Anne of Green Gables-
"I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful happens, but those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly like pearls slipping off a string.
When midsummer (or midwinter) happen (Jan 1 or Jul 1) it is a time to look ahead and dream.......if one is lucky the days ahead will unfold as a "never to be forgotten time" one of those periods of life that leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going-
one of those seasons, which is a combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and family and delightful doings, which will come as near to perfection as anything can come in the world.
May this potent midsummer(winter) spell never be broken for all of you!"
I have attached (at the end) a poem Natalie McCullough sent to me a few weeks ago. It reminds me that attaining "perfection" is often in the least obvious ways......and in keeping light hearted with plenty of humility and perspective.