Sometimes, the journey takes us where we least expect it and to destinations we could never have dreamed of.
Today marks seven years since I started this Time to Be blog. It grew out of my writing little essays about joy in small composition books during the last months of my mom's life as a way for me to cope with my sadness and grief.
Today, I celebrate that those little essays about joy turned into a blogging, writing and speaking adventure that allows me to be my authentic self and to use my voice to hopefully bring some joy to others.
Here, once again, is my first blog post, published on October 11, 2011:
Time to be. Why call my blog by that name? Because I enjoy the peaceful act of simply being as much as doing. I've learned that it's necessary to set aside regular time for solitude, reflection and introspection. With this blog, I'll focus on being, not just doing. I'll express opinions and observations, offer thoughts about items in the news, reflect and ruminate, reminisce and ramble, dream. I will look to see life for all that's good and report on the simplest tasks and most fundamental of relationships with nature and others. With a deep respect for the gentle steadfastness of my beloved mom who passed away four weeks ago and with a nod to her favorite author, Gladys Taber, I will write of joy, of loving and of living in the moment. Time to be.