Well, it is October 31. The last day of October--the longest month of the year, the last day of the write31day challenge and All-Hallows-Eve. We even 'fall back' this week, so the darker time of the year is settling in.
Admittedly, I like the dark of the mornings. Harder to get up? Yes. But there is something comforting about not being rushed into a day. Whether you are driving to work or sitting with breakfast at your kitchen table, the way the sky explodes in the morning is worth seeing.
I know this because I have spent most mornings in October at my kitchen table, crafting the thoughts I would like to share for the day. This has been a beautiful way to enter into the day so I am both disappointed and relieved that this daily writing challenge is coming to a close. It is a lot of work and I really enjoyed it! It has been really good to be held accountable for finding the 'honey' in the good, quiet and challenging days--and there have been all of these!
I have been impressed about what there is to know about bees/honey, the rich metaphors they have spoken to my heart and the practice of making myself vulnerable. (For being interested in these things and following along, thank you!). At this point in the season as the darkness begins to settle on the cooler half of the year, the best image I can give for this experience has been one of Light--ironically, very often in its absence. I have been surprised by it over and over--on dark mornings and even dark days.
I'm a quote collector (you might have noticed) and there are two that come to mind in the spirit of the day.
“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
"It is like being a pumpkin. God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then he cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff.
He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc., and then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see." -Unknown
As with any endeavor, there is a learning curve and this is what I now know:
1. Writing every day is a lot of pressure.
2. Daily writings are a lot to follow (Thank you for following along! I will not write with this frequency moving forward).
3. Putting my thoughts and heart out there for all to read is a vulnerable place.
4. Words have a great deal to do with my vocation.