Celebrating the wrong direction and a 3rd Birthday
It is the end of our Uncomfortable January series, this blog's third birthday and a day to embrace and enjoy the truth that at times our risks don't turn out the way we want them too - which is a good thing more times than not.
Three years ago today, I was sitting in a quiet house with my husband out-of-town and my kids sleeping in their rooms down the hallway. Boxes were accumulating with our move from Seattle to California just weeks away. My head was spinning with emotions and tear-shedding was no longer enough relief. I had to get these thoughts out.
I sat down and wrote the very first blog post at Lark & Bloom. I had failed at one blog before - mostly because I only wrote a single entry then never posted again. Another blog? Do I really have anything to say this time? I decided that I probably didn't have anything worth saying, but I went ahead and set one up anyway. My friends were scattered around the world, and I was experiencing a massive life transition. Lark and Bloom was created that night as a means of processing out my thoughts so my friends could read them and stay connected to me between sparse phone calls.
Except that isn't what happened. Very few of my friends actually read my blog, which is totally fine, because you came. You showed up to hear my words and talk with me about the world and all that it could be. We have been able to dream together, grow together and connect through this space.
This blog failed at its original mission, but it has morphed into something far more wonderful. Readers from around the world bring their beautiful stories and dreams that are truly inspiring. This community is something I never knew I needed - something I never imagined.
Had I known the bigness of what I was getting myself into three years ago, I most certainly wouldn't have ever typed out that initial post. It would have terrified me.
This month I have heard stories of what you guys are doing in response to An Uncomfortable January. You are risky and bold. Living life - big or small - with intention.
And this is what we are celebrating today. Taking risks that lead us to unknown destinations.
When I kicked off this series a few weeks ago, I talked about being risky in 2014.
You have dreams in your heart worth chasing, goals that are begging to be accomplished, and ideas to create. There is a person worth developing in you and a narrative all your own that deserves applause. That is worth risking on in 2014.
But there are days we will head in the wrong direction - and we celebrate those too. Respecting the fact that we were brave enough to venture off the path in the first place, embracing the lessons to be learned in the process and acknowledging the little victories along the way.
Maybe we didn't end up where we wanted to or with the people we intended to be with. The full picture is rarely in focus when we start out. Step by step, the journey becomes a little clearer. In the end, we look back and see the meaning in it all. The guidance of a God who knew the whole story before we even began.
Sometimes where we end up is far better than where we were headed. ---> click to tweet
There is destiny within us that we aren't even aware of yet - destinations never dreamed of. Our lives are bigger than we know. That is why we simply start by taking the little risks - knowing that these baby steps will eventually cover miles.
Years from now, we will gather with our families in our living rooms and share the stories of our adventures. The distant lands we walked upon, the space we created, the humanity we embraced, the feeble love we offered, the careers we built and the relationships we established. Stories that cause little tots eyes to light up and remind all those within earshot that their lives are meant for something bigger.
We may not end up the richest or most famous, but we will be full because we did what we were put on earth to do. Dreamt the dreams, walked the roads and cried the tears. Cakes will be baked to acknowledge the milestones along the way and friendships will be forged that enable us to cross the distance ahead.
Here's to the ones who take a chance and the ones who celebrate going the wrong direction. We aren't afraid to succeed and we aren't afraid to fail. Cause we're risky like that in 2014.
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