Good morning, Ladies! I will have SO much to tell you when I get back from my sheep ranch experience. As I said in my last post, it's going to take me a few days at home in Tennessee to sort it through and determine what I've learned for character Kirsten and what for writer Nancy and what for bloggers You -- and what for all of us.
But today, as I think of you holding things together on the blog and sharing your hearts and trusting both each other and God, I just want to share this poem that our Crystal found by the poet we both love, Mary Oliver.
"Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
The world offers itself to your imagination,
Calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
Over and over announcing your place
In the family of things."
We are like a family here on the blog, in a virtual way, yes, but also in a way that's as close to real as it gets on the Internet. Even though things might be different if we were in each other's physical presence day after day, we have still discovered here how it feels to be able to be honest and transparent and trusting and vulnerable, without fear of betrayal or judgment, certain of prayer and support. I think it has helped us realize we do have a place in the world.
So today if you'd like to post, you might want to share how you're feeling more sure of your place in the family of things, now that you've opened up about what God's presence looks like to you and where you are with that Sun or Anchor or Big Stainless Steel Heart -- now that you've talked about the places where God seens to make the divine self known -- now that you've admitted that indeed God is speaking, even if it's something you don't particularly want to hear. Confidence arises from such things. You have more than you realize. Think of it, and tell us about it, evne if it is very small, even if you don't think it's there at all.
As for me, I'm still dreaming under this Big, Big Sky . . .