Back in January, we welcomed OneWord365 founder, Alece Ronzino to the Grove to lead us all in choosing One Word for 2014. One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on everyday all year long. The conversation that unfolded was beautiful and raw. Now that we’re six months into 2014, it’s time to check-in and see how we’re all doing. We’re thrilled to have Alece back with us at The Grove…
How different would things be if I approached each situation, each person, with bravery?
That’s the question that scratched away at my heart and made me choose brave as my OneWord365. I really wrestled with committing to a word like that, for—well—lots of reasons. At least for me, it’s a big, scary, monstrous word. I have never felt brave. Ever. It’s not a word I would ever use to describe myself. I’ve done brave things at times, sure. I’ve taken some risks. I’ve made some choices others have deemed courageous. But deep down, I would never categorize myself as a brave person.
But I want to.
I want to be someone who’s life is marked by bravery.
Don’t hear me wrong… I don’t want to be known for living an adventurous life. I’m not trying to be edgy, or reckless, or thrill-seeking. I don’t want to do brave things. I want to be brave. And, I’m discovering, there’s a big difference. It’s more about the posture of my heart than it is about my actions. It’s about changing my internal dialogue—to myself, about myself. It’s a willingness to lean into who I really am… and live it out wholeheartedly.
At the almost-halfway mark, I’m a little surprised by all the ways I’ve seen bravery come to bare in my life so far this year. It’s probably not been in ways that others might expect (or that they’d even call brave), but it’s usually the smallest steps of bravery which are the most difficult.
I’ve opened my heart to possibilities. I’ve let myself enjoy the present without knowing what the future holds. I’ve let my guard down. I’ve let others in. I’ve leaned into friendships. I’ve used my words more. I’ve embraced hard truths. I’ve taken steps towards healthier boundaries. I’ve put myself first in areas I’d always put myself last. I’ve started going to church again. I’ve stuck my neck out work-wise. I’ve resumed regular writing commitments. I’ve made big financial decisions. I’ve intentionally dug into enjoying my now-life. I’ve faced a huge loss and didn’t fall apart like I once thought I would.
I don’t expect to feel like I’ve crossed some huge finish line in December, having arrived-at-last at being brave. But I do sense that I am already becoming brave. And that is what I want to feel every day for the rest of my life. The process of becoming holds more value than the being, and I don’t want to lose the wonder and vulnerability of the journey.
So I take a deep breath, and I close my eyes, and I ask for an extra dose of courage for everyone and everything I will face. And I choose to become braver today than I was yesterday…
How’s your word? Don’t have one yet? Now’s a great time to choose a One Word…
Share with us. Here’s how:
- You can share with us in the comments, if you don’t have a blog of your own. We have the amazing ability to post images in our comments! So post images of your art and/or share your words there.
- If you write a comment, please avoid copying and pasting from Word as this will publish a lot of junk computer code. It’s best to type it directly into the comment box.
- If you have a blog, write or make art based on the prompt and join the link-up!
- Be sure to add the Velvet Ashes link ( /) to your blog post. You can add the prompt image too!
- Please select the permalink from your post (so not your blog’s url,www.daniellenotyetthere.blogspot.com but your post url:http://www.daniellenotyetthere.blogspot.com/2013/11/todays-day.html)
- Click on the blue “Add your link” button below to add your blog post to this page.
- It will walk you through selecting which image you want to show up in the linky.
- Then your picture and link will show up below!
- Then be sure to go visit each other’s sites and share some comment love! It’s the rule. We applaud brave hearts!
If you’re reading in email, be sure to click “Read in Browser” to go to the site to view the link ups and conversation in the comments.