Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Take a Chance: Throw open your doors and windows

“The writing life is a life lived with all the windows and doors opened....And rendering what one sees through those opened windows and doors in language is a way of bearing witness to the mystery of what it is to be alive in this world.” -Julia Alvarez

Yesterday I began my gratitude list and pondered how it happened I was willing to open my doors and windows in such a public way to the questions I am living. I’ve written prayers in journals for years, and I’ve shared how I started writing prayers in an attempt to bring me back to my center after being kicked off kilter. When I read The Help, I thought perhaps by writing my prayers like Aibileen did and putting them out in this format, I might be writing the prayers of others as well. 

I am so grateful to my friends who for years encouraged me to go public with my writing and to others who helped me set up this blog and to all of you who read my prayers and to those who write to share something that touched you. Thank you so very much. You have encouraged me to take chances I wouldn’t have done on my own. 

Baruch ata adonai when I was willing to share myself in a new way, when I trusted I had something to say, when I was willing to take a chance, I began to grow in a way unimaginable to me a year ago. I am very grateful to that part of me that is spreading wings. Amen

1 comment:

  1. Barbara,

    Thank YOU for sharing. Your courage gives us all permission to try.

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