Saturday, September 01, 2007

Embrace the Adventure (it's not just a tagline)

An adventure is never easy. Its nature is to take you outside of your comfort zone. Otherwise, it wouldn't really be an adventure, now, would it? To fully taste it, you must embrace it; yet in throwing your arms open to accept it into your bosom, you make yourself intensely vulnerable. Your soft underbelly is exposed, and sometimes a sucker punch will knock your breath clean away. At the same time, even the pain has something to teach us.

The alternative is living closed off, fearful, suspicious...rejecting the joy and beauty that only come to those who are opened up for it. And really, that's no alternative at all.

Life, discipleship, marriage, motherhood, friendship, sisterhood...all carry vulnerability, with its unspeakable pains. And yet, throwing your heart open clears the way for inexpressible joys.

Oh, that we would all live life wide open and embrace the adventure of it all.

7 comments:

mabel said...

Wow. Talk about bravery. I think that being open is the hardest thing ever - and the most rewarding. Good post.

Jenny-up the hill said...

Lovely post! You are absolutely right about "embracing the adventure"...

Tammy said...

Yes - life is an adventure that we must embrace. I am so thankful that I have Jesus to embrace it with me :)

Karen said...

There's a valuable lesson in what you say, Carol. You have to be willing to take the punches along with the joy that comes from the learning.

Katie said...

Hello Fellow Scrapbooker! Just like you, I'm a Cathy Z blog addict, I recently discovered "blogs" in May 2007 (so I'm kinda new at it) but I read Cathy Z's EVERY DAY! I read her recent post about not making a mint. So I think I want to send her a bunch of MINTS and, of course, a scrapbook about mints from the people who love her! I think it would be totally cute if we put together a "photo album scrapbook" (we did this in the 2007 LOM class for Stacy J.) FOR CATHY Z!!! If you are interested, please mail me two 4x6 "pages" for the photo album scrapbook for Cathy Z. My snail mail address is Katie Scott, 4755 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, FL 33713; I'm not totally techno (my husband actually refers to me as a technology idiot - but only in the mostly loving way ;) so I can't do the email it to me thing... Just do the regular snail mail please that way I stay with my philosophy of Keeping It Super Simple! One of the pages should be a picture of you with some mints for Cathy Z! And the other can be anything you like, a Cathy Z inspired page or project or whatever you think she would enjoy! Of course, I'll be putting the scrapbook together in a mint colored album and sending it to her along with a sac of mints. Lets try to get this done before Thanksgiving so I can get it out to her before Christmas or whatever December Holiday you like to scrapbook! Plus if you know anyone else who might like to add their pages for Cathy Z, please forward my message! If you are interested please snail mail me your pages, or if you have questions, then email me at katrinkaja@aol.com or visit my blog at http://kissandtellscrapbooking.typepad.com/. :) Katie Scott in St. Pete FL

John Bryson said...

Being honest, definitely not an easy thing to do.
john

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