The Birth of a BLOG
“Congratulations! You are the mother of a big baby BLOG!” Believe it or not, as sad as it is, I actually imagined these words in my head as I hit the word, “publish,” on my new blog site. Sitting beside my liquid-courage (a giant polka-dot mug of cappuccino) I decided to finally click this thing into digital delivery!
I think BLOG is a bit of an odd word to be honest, so, as a writer I’d like to instead treat it as my own, personal acronym. In my small world, BLOG stands for: Being Loved On Grace, because grace is truly the only reason I have so many people and places, memories and mistakes I truly love. I am not writing this blog because my life is particularly exceptional, but rather because I feel like, if we do it right, we can live lives…even ordinary ones, exceptionally.
Why now? Might be a question flitting across all of my (so far non-existent readers’ minds) but I ask…Why not then? Why not before? Why did it take me so long to realize that I do, in fact, always have something to say? A mother and teacher and writer and wife…speaking literally IS my life! (I won’t, however, make the mistake of thinking that being heard necessarily is!) And yet, here I sit, bright-eyed and ready to have a grand conversation because I believe that there are others who just want a dose of insight/humor or inspiration mixed with the reality of living a life that can sometimes be a little less than shiny.
People often ask me why I’m so happy, or why I can’t stop smiling. The truth is…I can. And I do. And there are times I (like any normal-ish human on the planet) find it really difficult to let go of whatever it was that stole my joy for the day, but then I remember no one can steal my grace…and tomorrow will come with another host of moments to smile about.
John Lennon once said, “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
And that…my new cyber friends, is the quote of the day…the thought I leave you to ponder as you decide what you have to be smiling for today. (Feel free to steal from yesterday if today is impossible…I’ve been there).