The Art of Anticipation

By Julie Garmon @DiAnnMills

This week’s blog post is written by my friend Julie Garmon.

When signs of a new season charged toward me–my heart lurched. I wanted to drink in the changing leaves, but instead I went into panic mode. It was a nagging feeling of–

You should be working. You have a job to do. Get busy, you slacker.

I realized my list was more important than the people in my life. 

Sometimes, accomplishing my goals–which were good, noble things–were more important than God. 

Sad, isn’t it?

Being so busy with my TTD list, I let moments pass by without praising My Father. Sometimes, I’d just go through the motions of–there in body, but not in spirit. I thought if I hadn’t accomplished everything on my list, I couldn’t relax and enjoy the moment, like celebrating fall, because God wouldn’t be pleased with me.

So yesterday, after noticing the black-eyed Susans the New Julie took over.

I kicked the A/C down, turned on some music, and tried a new fall recipe–Roasted Cauliflower Soup from Paleo Leap. I danced while I cut up my cauliflower.

Y’all, I had fun–even though every item on my list hadn’t been checked off. And even though I haven’t solved every problem in my life. 

I mixed the cauliflower with olive oil and spices–rich scents of home and contentment filling the air. Then I roasted the cauliflower until it was slightly crispy. I added coconut milk and ta-day–it became soup. Before making this recipe, I’d never heard of coconut milk! Something else to celebrate! 

On a whim, I put crumbled  bacon and cheese on top and made cinnamon apples.  

How’s this for anticipating fall and celebrating the moment? 

My new recipe for life is even more delicious than my cauliflower soup.

In the art anticipation, let go of all regrets and find something–anything–to celebrate.  

Life is full of surprises when you stop trying to control it and live in the moment!

Are you like me? Have you ever struggled with living in the moment?



With the tagline, “Southern Stories of Grit and Grace,” hope and humor shine through Julie Garmon’s writing. She’s been a regular contributor to Daily Guideposts since 2003 and writes on assignment for Guideposts magazine. Julie won a coveted spot to the Guideposts’ writers contest in 2004 and is invited to annual workshops. She’s published with Sweet 16, PLUS, Angels on Earth, Homelife, Today’s Christian, Today’s Christian Woman, Sober24,, and She blogs from her website,

Thanks, Julie, and yes, I have problems putting aside work and enjoying life. I’m ready to celebrate!




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