"Creativity is always a leap of faith. You’re faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage." - Julia Cameron
“We can’t keep fighting for a steady life, so I’ll ride the wind like a feather toward home.” - Colony House
I’ve spent a lot of energy looking for stability. I’ve attempted to build it through career and education pursuits, working my tail off to create a foundation I can place my life and family on.
But that pursuit often leaves me feeling empty.
Not that I’ve lived very many years or seen what life is like on the other end of that pursuit; and, after all, I’m chasing what most deem to be a pretty fickle career path. But I can’t shake this feeling that life ought to be more than an endless pursuit of comfort and stability.
The times I feel most at home are the times when I let go of my self-sufficiency. When I take a step back and look beyond myself, I begin to see something greater at work within and without me.
Earlier this summer, I went on a week-long trip to southern Haiti. The individuals I connected with in the rural farming community of La Montagne helped me see this idea even more clearly. The people there live a very simple lifestyle, and they don’t have any wealth or material comforts. Despite that, or perhaps because of it, they have an overwhelming abundance of joy and contentment. A friend of mine told me recently that he thinks “impoverished” people in developing nations have a joy that is attainable only through poverty. In the places where self-sufficiency ceases to exist, this joy is overwhelmingly abundant.
Everybody at the church in La Montagne sang at the top of their lungs. They sang and danced with an unabashed fervor that I’d never seen before. And when I let myself become one of them for a week, I felt a comfort that I’ve never been able to find on my own.
Surely there is more to life than our Western ideals of self-sufficiency and success. It seems to me the greatest contentment is found in letting go, giving up, opening your hands and looking outward.
My desire is to translate this idea into my business, relationships and day-to-day life. I imagine our communities, workplaces and families would be immensely different if we simply shifted our perspective beyond ourselves.
I believe there’s something greater at work in our lives than what we are doing on our own. Letting go of control puts us in a vulnerable place, but it opens us to see what lies beyond ourselves. I find comfort in knowing I don’t have to build my foundation on my own.
I really, really believe in the kids at Arrow. Come meet them and see their beautiful art at the show this Tuesday! #arrowaugusta @hopeforaugusta
Love this! Ceiling tile art by @awesomely_awesome_abbey for her youth group building. Lyrics from #welcometothemotion
Enjoying some downtime on the coast this week with a few good pals. Brought along surfboards, books, guitars, and one goal: refill.