It’s day 7 of Kat McNally’s Reverb15. Today’s prompt is:
In her seminal book Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott offers the observation: “The evidence is in, and you are the verdict.”
Regardless of where you live in this crazy beautiful world, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s been a BIG year.
Today, I want to acknowledge that you are here and I am here and we are here.
We’re just… HERE.
That feels like a BIG DEAL.
And, that being said, I invite you to reflect on all that this evinces. What are you the verdict of?
So we’re all HERE, you and I. It is a big deal. I am a big deal. Funny – I’ve never felt that before. It’s a turning point, this awareness. I’ve always been in the shadow of someone else bigger and better than myself. I’m along like the ugly mean sister, homely friend, a brown sparrow companion to boost someone else’s ego. Those are stories I tell myself.
Well, guess what? I no longer want to be any of that! I want to tell myself different stories. I want to bust out my cocoon and morph into this beautiful butterfly that I really am. It has taken me this long to wake up. I am the witness and the verdict of this stage in life. I can be a big deal. Never say never. Never say it’s impossible. Never say you can’t change. Never say miracles can’t happen. Things can ALWAYS happen. Treasure this life. It’s fragile and beautiful.
I am a great admirer of Anne Lamott. Bird by Bird has great instructions on writing and life. I’m heeding her advice of writing/living in a one-inch picture frame, within the range of how far I can see in a car’s headlights driving at night. I’m guessing that means be in the present moment. I am living and writing in the light though I’m surrounded by darkness. I am writing myself out of the darkness.