I wanted to take a moment to send you a note. This is the real, everyday me. I wanted to thank you for your support of my blog and all the wonderful comments. I have so enjoyed reading all of your posts and gazing at your photographs and art! You empower me, inspire me, and give me a place to rest with a view of the beauty in the world. Thank you for that.
I am writing because I am starting school next week. Anyone who teaches or has taught in the past understands how difficult the first few weeks of classes can be. I have 125 wonderful people to get to know, and I put in long hours between school and home. It is going to take some balancing to continue blogging on a regular basis, but I am a determined woman (my kids say that is the nice way of saying stubborn). It takes contemplation, inspiration, creativity, consistency, and commitment…all those things add up to one thing…love. When I use that word, I do not mean an emotion or feeling. It is a commitment to the good of others, sometimes at the expense of your own wishes. I am committed to holding space for peace and real love in a world that often does not understand what that means.
So I am going to let you in on my life. I wake at 5 am, and yes, I do drink coffee. In fact I love a good latte! I sit quietly for 10 minutes in the Presence and bring all the hopes and pains of the world into focus. I try to read as many of your posts that I can in the morning (and again at night). I offer my day and then I send out posts of my own. I post everyday to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress. I know the faces on the receiving end of the posts…many of my students, old and new friends, co-workers, family, and all of you. I hold you in my heart and I know that you are taken care of by something much larger than myself. I do not care about stats or growing a blog site. I care about people, all people who cross your path come bringing their gifts. I post the most inspirational things that I can because I know personally what many people are going through. I dress, eat, take care of my kids, commute 40 minutes to work, go to Mass if I can, and then begin a full day of teaching.
It fascinates me to wake up in the morning and see that my words have traveled around the world to all of you…such beautiful people.
So I am saying this…
I see you. I hear you. I care about you. You are real.
I am not a naive optimist, I have been through hard things in my life (making a decision not to wallow was not easy). So when I tell you that you are going to be alright, I mean it. I have chosen instead to be tranquilly and audaciously hopeful…join me!
Let’s go dancing down the road together. Love to all of you.
“Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.”
Attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1907-1991)