28 Days · A Month in Pictures

For everything there is a season…

While we are still in the throws of winter, today gave us a little break from rain, snow, and cold.  The sun came out and it was absolutely beautiful.  We decided to take advantage of this fabulous day and head out into the yard to….. yes, rake leaves!  It’s February and there were still more leaves to rake! Our unexpected snow storm in November caught us off guard and there were a few stragglers out there.  We also had to cut up all of the large branches that came crashing down out of our trees during another storm in December!  

As I looked around the yard, it was definitely winter.  Everything was bare and brown and blah.  I thought about the groundhog seeing his shadow and having six more weeks of this.  I began to wonder if I will be able to sustain that long as I wait for green and warm to grace our earth.  Needing a picture to post today, I got out my camera. In search of the perfect picture, I began to look at things more closely – move away from the big picture to notice details.  I quickly had the realization that there are signs of spring out there… you just have to look more closely with a different perspective.  

How easy it is to miss the subtleties of spring when we are stuck in the doldrums of winter.  As I began to look around our yard through a different lens, the signs of spring were everywhere.  My hope were renewed!  Spring will show up (of course not on my time line!) and when it arrives it will be amazing!  

 Until then, as I keep my hope of spring locked away for now, I need to remember that winter has its purpose and for everything there is a season…

28 Days · A Month in Pictures

The Gift of Passion

                                   Coffee and my new journal… who needs FB!!!

Today, I met Tom Birdseye, an author.  Listening to him talk ignited a spark in me to spend time writing everyday.  He shared writing about his experiences and passion.  I have had many experiences in my life, but are they worthy of putting down on paper?  Would anyone else want to read them?   When he mentioned passion, I wondered if I even know what I am truly passionate about.  I do know one passion… writing!  That got me thinking about “writing about writing!”  I imagine that pursuing my passion for writing will open up more passions for me as I explore life through my words.

The idea of putting words down on paper to remember, celebrate, or create, begs the question; who will read them?  Do all writers write with an audience in mind?  Are there people who write with the intent of no one reading their words?  Is it arrogant to want people to read what you have written? 

My best self-expression is through words… mainly in the form of writing.  It allows me to formalize my thoughts, reign in my emotions, and communicate passionately.  As the words come alive on my paper, so do the thoughts that normally get lost in my head.  Writing affords my thoughts and ideas a safe place to land.  It’s then I can choose with whom I will share.