A couple of years ago I bought Tim a camera. Mom chipped in for a lense. And now he brings incredible beauty out of everywhere we go. He brings into our home – beautiful nature when we’re trapped inside the dark. Exquisitely detailed snippets that bring memories to crisp life. This is what happens when we dare to say what we want – and then give our desires every bit of our energy. When we dare to want.
I’ve faced some trials. I continue to face them. And I look at this picture and I know that I also dare to want. I get up every single day because life is there, waiting for me to take it up with all that I am. And I take it up.
And pictures happen. Memories happen. Good things happen.
Next week, one week from today, August 22, I am celebrating another birthday. And Tim and I, along with Harlequin Books, and others, are bringing the celebration to you. Every single person gets a present – completely free – no strings attached. No limit to the number of presents. If we have a million people, there will be a million presents. (Thanks, to Harlequin!) We hope you will join us!!
From the time I was a kid, all I cared about was reading and writing. And love and relationships. I didn’t need a lot of friends, I just needed the friends I had to be connected bone deep. I was the same in my reading. I didn’t love a lot of authors, but I was connected, bone deep, to the ones I read. Once I graduated from Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys, I was pretty exclusive. I read Harlequin category romance. And I read – and studied – Mark Twain and Edgar Allen Poe. Both spoke to me, intimately, for different reasons. I wrote theses on both during college. And I look at that picture up there, and life comes together for me. Everything is connected. Tim takes a beautiful picture of a raven simply because the raven was there and he noticed it - and I look at it and hear Edgar Allen Poe saying, “Quoth the raven, nevermore.”
Please join us next week – I’m daring to want for my birthday – and what I want is connections. Nothing more.