I sat at my table on January 1st, staring at a small notebook
and twirled a pen between my fingers.
Instead of jotting down all the pursuits I didn’t start or achieve.
I decided to write out a couple of bullet points.
Let’s call them bullet points of risk.
To my surprise there were more than a couple.
Not one had graced a list from last year.
Yet they happened.
Many during the last few months of 2012.
It felt like a clarion cry.
Writing and photography have become a point of intersection.
A photo is taken and words follow.
Words take shape and a photograph develops.
I took two pictures in 2012 which to me breath necessary air into
my word for 2013.
My word is brave.
I think I get bravery points for picking that word, huh?
Let me explain.
This was the very first flower in my sunflower garden to begin to open with promise.
After preparing the soil, sowing the seeds, watering, feeding, and some mighty shining sun,
Some of the risks taken this past year have come from not keeping myself snug and wrapped tightly.
As lovely as I find this sunflower, I know that full beauty is when each petal is outstretched revealing its center.
- being vulnerable
- saying “yes” other times saying “no”
- wading knee-deep in a place out of your comfort zone
- asking for help
- showing weakness
- smiling at strangers
- offering words of encouragement when you need it more
- being willing to see your flaws
- admitting when you are wrong
- trusting when it feels improbable because you know Who holds the probable and improbable in His hands.
- saying “not my will but Yours” as often as it is needed
- a litany of things you do every day
- with arm stretched wide, the open road beckons with you as passenger.
A map or a GPS is not required.
Simply keeping company with your Maker.
Wherever He leads,
This photo was taken on a trip back from the Oregon Coast.
I received hugs from others rather than holding my heart firmly tucked behind
my own folded arms.
Have you been brave lately?
What is your word for the year ahead?