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Loose ends coming together

By nature I’m a connector.

I like to know context and history.

I naturally see patterns.

I think it’s part of the creative process – seeing how life is interlocked and overlapping – and then interpreting it all in light of what’s already been.

And when things feel disconnected, I feel fragmented. Somehow.

But this is not one of those times of disconnect.

I feel like I can see through this window of a place I’ve not yet been… but the glimpse of what’s inside is making lots of little things start to make sense.

Convergence.

Alignment.

Relationships forming, vision shaping, web spinning, Word coming.

There’s a Jesus element to it that’s hard to explain.

But it’s there. I feel it in my bones.

One of those seasons that marks a life moving forward.

Loose ends coming together; The beginning of change.

STOP.

 

Q for you: Sometimes I write far too late at night and then this is what comes out – stream-of-conscious jibberish. But could you possibly have an inkling of what I’m talking about? What do you feel like when change is in the air?

 

Love,
A

 

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The making of a backstory

I learn so much from my kids.

Both of the boys are at ages where they’re rapidly changing at the moment – Judah in all his babyness (one milestone after another) and Levi in the midst of his toddler vocabulary explosion.

Although he’s been sitting up for a good six weeks now, just today Judah got himself up into the seated position (from laying down) all on his own. It was fun to watch, and looked completely effortless and natural.

And every day Levi says new things as if he’s been saying them all along. (Love the seemingly easy flow of words that pour out in every day conversation.)

So I’ve been thinking about these developments that seem to apprear out of nowhere.

Of course we know that there’s been lots going on behind the scenes to get them to the point of being able to sit up or articulate or whatever other development it is, but it’s easy to forget the backstory and just get swept away in the it-happened-just-like-that front end of the story.

It’s caused me to think about my own growth as an adult.

How many tiems to I get frustrated with myself when the results don’t come immediately? When the improvement isn’t overnight? When it seems like nothing visible is happening?

And yet, there’s always a back story.

There’s always a strengthening, a preparation, a foundation-laying that needs to happen first.

Pouring concrete into giant holes isn’t sexy, skyscrapers with shiny windows are.

And as cliche and over-used as the analogy is, the tallest buildings have the deepest, most grueling-to-lay foundations.

There’s a whole lot of backstory to be developed before the world sees those 78 flashy stories.

And so it goes with our lives.

STOP.

Q for you: Do you ever feel frustrated when you’re in the foundation-laying stages and just want to get on with the building of skyscrapers? Or are you grateful to be living the “backstory”?

Love,
A

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Writing every day

I’m kinda amazed that I’ve been writing now every day for two adn a half months.

(Good job, Adriel.)

I definitely think some posts have been better than others. (Some have been downright… bad.) But I’m finding that overall I’m so glad I made this goal.

i think it’s forcing me to think about what I really want to say. Forcing me to try and be more succinct. Forcing me to let go of perfection (the biggest thing, I think). And forcing me to… just write.

And “just writing” is helping me to stay more in the flow of writing.

I read Madeline L’Engle’s book “Walking on Water” many years ago (a book on faith adn art) and it really impacted me. I’ll never forget her advice that if you want to grow as an artist, you must “do” your art every day.

It’s taken me many years to put that into practice.

But this little blog is helping.

it’s probably not overly profound to anyone who reads… but it’s verging on profound for me.

I think for the first time I actually feel like I’m growing as a writer.

Kind of a hard one to quantify or gage, but I feel it.

Maybe next year I will have to do something daily to grow in my photography. (Though that does feel daunting….. hmmm… probably won’t. but maybe?)

STOP.

 

Q for you: Do you have something that you’ve committed to do every day, just for the sake of getting better?

 

Love,
A

 

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Adriel also writes (using spell check) on motherhood and parenting on The Mommyhood Memos.