Monthly Archives: July 2011
The other night I went for a little picture stroll down near the harbour at sunset. I was sitting there awkwardly taking pictures in my crutchery glory, when an older gentleman came along the path. He gave me the old school nod of the head in greeting, smiled and went on his way. About 5 minutes later, he returned with his camera in hand. He said “I saw you here taking in the sunset, and thought to myself…’now there is a good idea.’ So I grabbed my camera and came back.” Love it!
6 weeks ago I experienced a moment that altered the journey that I was on. I slipped. I fell. I messed up good. I didn’t intend for it to happen, but a careless moment of pride caused brokenness and pain. That one decision to jump ended up causing grief for others too, as my now broken story intersected with theirs. It changed our collective journey as the things we had wanted to experience, we didn’t. Longed-for dreams went unrecognized. I grieved what would never be and then a journey of healing from that break began.
It put me in the humble position of not being able to do things on my own and having to rely on others…it limited what I was capable of contributing and experiencing. It made me dependent. I had to rest and wait and heal and receive grace.
But today a Happy Day! A milestone that indicated that though it didn’t feel like it, healing was happening. Even though there was still lingering bruising and twinges of painful reminders of the break, things were indeed mending. Today, I can walk again on two legs. I want to run and jump and dance and do yoga and climb stairs. But for now, I must be disciplined and teach myself to walk again. I must take the time to do this right, to set up good practices so that I can return to full health and create the right cadence that will carry me through the future. It’s hard to ‘just’ walk when you want to leap and run unrestrained, but the slow pace is so worth it to be reformed into something strong and lasting. I’m being refashioned into something new.
“I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” The Bible, Jeremiah 18:3-4
Sometimes it’s the small things in life which, when noticed, can bring immense joy. This morning I saw the tendon in my foot for the first time in weeks! Such happiness at this tiny, little indicator that one day soon I will be able to walk on two feet again. Or joy can be found in the small thing of an impromptu dance recital on the dock during summer vacation or seeing the bravery of a 3 year old discovering the joy of water and wind in his hair for the first time.
Sometimes it’s the big things. The way that thousands of strangers can come together to celebrate as one. The big explosions that make you catch your breath at the wonder and magic as they capture the imagination of the crowd. One thing is certain, joy is to be had if you are seeking it.
Recently I’ve been reading the hilarious BossyPants by Tina Fey – I highly recommend it if you’re in need of a funny summer read. One of the best things that I’ve learned from the book are the rules of improvisation and how to handle situations that you find yourself in. Great rules for photography too!!
1) YES! Accept what is happening and choose to embrace it. Respect what your partner has created and start from an open minded space.
2) YES AND… Agree, then add something of your own. Don’t be afraid to contribute. It’s your responsibility to contribute. Always add something to the discussion. Your initiations are worthwhile.
3) MAKE STATEMENTS. Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just ask questions and leave it to others to figure out. Don’t be the person who stands by and just points out obstacles. Also- don’t speak in apologetic question tones. Make statements with your actions and your voice.
4) THERE ARE NO MISTAKES…only opportunities. If something doesn’t go the way it’s intended, it roll with it! In improv there are no mistakes only happy accidents. Many of the world’s greatest discoveries have been by accident. I mean, look at the Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup.
And just because every post needs a picture… a double rainbow that came out after a wicked storm. See? No mistakes.