Monday, February 4, 2013
on being known
I spent the weekend at women's retreat sponsered by my church. We had a wonderful time. I laughed so much my sides still hurt. What a blessing it is to laugh and pray with other women.
One of the main ideas our speaker discussed was the importance of investing ourselves in the lives of other women; the importance of letting ourselves be known. I kept thinking of you, my blogging friends. Right here; in this place where I hang my heart out in the open for anyone who cares to see, here is where I find myself known. I kept thinking of the loving generosity with which my ramblings, my questions, my thoughts, my lists, my photographs - my very heart - has been recieved. And I was grateful.
I started this blog nearly five years ago. I wouldn't have articulated it then, but one of my reasons for jumping in was that I hoped to find a way to not be so invisible. Have you ever felt that way? You know what I mean, right? The way that women can spend their lives with others, work side by side, laugh with them at the lunch table, ask about their kids, even pray together... and still somehow feel that no one really knows you but your own family. I know some women who don't even feel seen and known by their family.
And so, I am extra grateful today. I am grateful for the family I have, who have always seen and known and loved me. This family of mine that not only supports, but also loves my blogging habit. And I am thankful for you. My far-away friends who stopped by once, and saw something of a kindred spirit in me. I am thankful for you. So thankful you decided to stay and to let me be known to you.
The image above is a close up detail from a painting called "The Record Player" by Karl Hoefer.
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