Archive | May, 2014

Writing and Igniting Possibilities

Life is short. We work, we raise families, we rush from one thing to the next, many times not stopping to wonder what the point is. What is the point? Is it to work hard? Play hard? Make a difference in people’s lives? Live as well as we can day by day?

Choices can sometimes be a burden–on a Friday night, we can choose to go to a wine tasting or the art museum, order a pizza and stay home, watch the sunset on the beach, and many times, I would just like someone to decide for me. When we sat with my father in the stillness of his dying, all we could do was allow God’s presence to bring us peace as death taught us more about living in the moment. Living in the moment is the big theme of the book I’ve been working on over the last couple of years, but it’s also about pilgrimage. Once, when someone publicly announced to Maya Angelou that they were a Christian, she responded “already?” I believe we aren’t meant to know everything; we’re meant to seek. And the best choice is often to go with the flow on this meandering river of life, with guidance from above and within.

I created Igniting Possibilities as a way for people to find an outlet for creativity and for exploring what path they’re on and whether their journey is authentic. That’s also why I write–I’m exploring for me, and for others. I hope to touch people with my thoughts, with the words I choose. I want to create events that will cause people to stop and wonder, as Mary Oliver asked in “Summer Day,” “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” I’m doing it, one day at a time, one moment at a time, with the river flowing through me and the heavens beckoning.

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