June 10, 2010

but it feels a bit cold...

sometimes
life comes rolling at you so fast
that you have to jump back a little
so it doesn't slap you right in the face
~
sometimes
it's too late
and
by the time you open your eyes
life
has soaked you
from head to toe
and
as you spit salty water from your mouth and pull seaweed from your hair
you're thinking
"enough already"
~
and
sometimes
you're just too scared of what's laying in front of you
so
you let life pass you by
~
come on
let's be brave
today
all of us
let's test the waters
~
and
i don't mean water water
i mean life
~
maybe
try something new
something hard
something different
~
i bet if i shout out
"it's not too bad, come on in and join me"
you will
~
won't you
*
is there something new you're trying or something you've put aside, fearful of doing it wrong or that even if you get it done, it won't really matter. is there something somebody has told you that you can't do, so you're not even going to try it.
what you do
matters
even if it matters to only you
*


23 comments:

  1. Great perspective, Beth!
    I love the photo that accompanies your blog. Both are beautifully done.
    Love,
    Jackie

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  2. Um... you could shout to me all you want and I still wouldn't come in that cold water. LOL

    No really.. I'm not coming in.

    DI
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  3. that would be me..and i thank you for your ongoing encouragement in such an artistic way ~ elk

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  4. I heard you calling and yes, you're singing my song. You have a wonderful way of putting things and illustrating them with your lovely photos.

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  5. yes...there are times i'm quite timid - building a monster out of a sweet little nothing. so, yes, sometimes i need to be told the water is fine.

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  6. Thanks for the invite...I am jumping in!! I will try new things today and get this large piece done!!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  7. oh my...i get this and what i fear/or am trying to do...balance it (life) in a meaningful way. some days i feel i've got a good handle and other days are a true haul.

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  8. Outstanding photo and the added sunny dreamy treament.

    As for cold water--try ice fishing at sub-zero temps like my hubby. I tried it--twice--to make sure I was right about how much I hated it. Although I love the flavor of rainbow trout from ice water. Try it and make sure you hate it before you reject it.

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  9. Nahhh...sorry friend, today, I am all about blankets over the head, curled up with a trashy book, kitty cats purr and yellow lab snores...oh, and a wicked case of PMS. I will catch ya in a couple of days for that swim, okay ?

    Swim, beautiful beth, swim...

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  10. I'm thinking I needed to hear that today, in this week when I just want to hop in the car and run away from my life. Love the photo. You are so good.

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  11. i can't think of anything off hand, but i'm sure there's something!

    such a lovely photo!

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  12. You are right, even if it only matters to me. We all need this kind of encouragement once in awhile.

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  13. Great words and photo dear Beth. I sometimes wonder how my life would have stayed in the same rut if I had decided to listen to everyone and NOT learn to ride the motorcycle. I would have missed out on a helluva lot. Hugs dearest!

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  14. It is so true Beth, great post. living life is the greatest gift we can give ourselves...love the photo too. take care.

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  15. you're just the best , Beth.

    I needed this today.

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  16. Great post. I am flying away tomorrow to act like a big, brave girl all on my own to the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas. I will survive

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  17. That is a perfect picture for this post Beth. Well said-- Jumping is is hard to do sometimes. Thanks for the nudge.
    jj

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  18. I'm pretty brave about taking a plunge, even if no one else will.

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  19. I have been soaked many times in my 61 years and as I look back at them I find the soaking's have been good for me. :)

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  20. Good encouragement here ...

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  21. This has been my year of leaping. My year of trying something new. How wonderful it has been! What a blessing!

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  22. You pair up these images with the most perfect words..every time.
    It so looks like he is thinking that the water is a wee bit too cold.
    And I feel like him as I put my feet into new ventures this year. We gotta get our feet wet from time to time!
    Great post.

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth