Connect the whispering dots : Day 14 of 31

It’s not winter in the Carolinas. It’s only October 14.

It will be 76 degrees and sunny today. Definitely not winter.

However the leaves are starting to change. Mornings are chilly. The things that have to happen for winter to come have started happening.

What you’ll notice big-time later starts with something you hardly notice today.

Nothing can stop it. It WILL happen.

It’s the same way every October 14, every single year. Totally normal. If it hadn’t happened before, you’d never suspect what was coming.

October 14th’s are going on with you right now, too. Something has started to change. Nothing can stop it. It WILL happen. And it’s totally normal that you have little sense of it.

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I walked down a street in a new neighborhood the other day. One side was filled with houses, cars, and families, with everyday living debris scattered around. The other side was empty lots; nothing happening, blank, no life.

But, sticking out of the grass in the empty lots were white PVC pipes. Hmmm, it’s not as empty as it looks. Water and sewer and electricity are in place. The road is paved. It’s not a wilderness. Much has already been done that can’t be seen. Houses could go up fast. Things are ready for visible change.

But right now, it’s only October 14.

Can you think back to a time when major change came to your life, but it started with a whisper you hardly noticed?  Later you realized things were happening underground all along.

How does connecting to those dots of your experience encourage you right now?


This is Day 14 of 31 Days of Connecting the Dots: make more sense of your life, your world, your hopes and dreams. Subscribe on the right or below and each day will be delivered every morning to your inbox. Visit the Nester to choose from over 1,200 more 31 Dayers.

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Gary Morland helps you feel better about your most challenging family relationships, and helps you actually improve those relationships - all by adopting simple attitudes, perspectives, expectations, and actions (the same ones that changed him and his family).


  1. Joy Manoleros

    This struck a nerve… the last underground rumblings I was unaware of were paving the way for divorce. I’m not sure that’s the type of memory I want to illustrate the importance of connecting the dots….

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