Sunday, September 23, 2012

Why We Have to Go


I stitched up some curtains for the dining room on Friday, but opted not to drive to Target for curtain clips because it was "too far away" (i.e. 3 miles). Today, my little sister Keisha snapped this photo in Singapore (stuck there for a day en route to India) and uploaded it to facebook, where I immediately hawked it without permission.

I've never seen anything like it. (Meg, I hope you're reading today, because this has your name all over it.)

I'm sorry to always be the girl conjuring life lessons from a fluff of culumus and extracting metaphor from Southeast Asian architecture, but this photo perfectly summarizes my day. There's so much beauty out there - but we'll never see it unless we go. Seeing it second-hand just isn't the same. And true, the journey might be unexpected and painful, we might have to leave some things behind (or be left behind), but in the end, there we are - we're arm's length away from a rainbow. It's just for you, just for me, just exactly what we need. It's a gift, and the fact that it's all so haphazard, so confusing, so impossible to summarize or capture only makes it more so.

So go there, okay? Wherever it is. You know where it is. Yeah, it's scary and I promise, people will say you're crazy. But not me. Nope. I'm right here screaming like mad for you. I'm at the curb with orange slices and Gatorade. I'm at the airport with your name on the sign. I'm writing you on the ballot. I'm brewing the tea extra strong because I want every single detail. It's not dumb. You're not foolish. I don't think you have some kind of a God complex or that your dreams are too hot to handle.

I think you're brave. I think you're revolutionary. I think you're just the kind of ordinary that changes things - really changes things.

You might as well know, there's a good chance you'll end up with tension headaches and the odd cold sore, but push through, because there's also the heartbeat of real people - different people - who shake up every thing you ever knew. They bring the sun with their rain. They bring the rainbow.



~Graceful Winners~
-Rebecca Beurrista
-Dear Emmaline
Congrats!

39 comments:

  1. "...but push through, because there's also the heartbeat of real people -different people - who shake up every thing you ever knew. They bring the sun with their rain. They bring the rainbow."

    heck yes to that.

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  2. I want to go - just not sure where I'm supposed to be going yet. Beautiful photo - inspiring words!

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  3. I think women are often afraid to go...but they/we should not be...I love to study Abigail...so brave! We weren't made to wimp out...He didn't give us a spirit of timidity. Sweet!

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  4. OH! I LOVE that building!!! Rainbow shutters on white...so fun.

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  5. Hey, the light is even green. GO!!

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    1. Love that you noticed the light! Of course you did. :)

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  6. you are a multi-tasker. not only are you passing out gatorade, you are leading the pack. thanks, shan, for making me run harder. xo!! (do you like how i just adopt nickies?? short for nicknames.)

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  7. also, in case you haven't heard:

    http://www.rageagainsttheminivan.com/2012/09/how-to-watch-season-3-of-downton-abbey.html

    you're welcome.

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  8. Russia was just about dead last on my places I really don't ever care to go list. We went there. Three times. Lived there for a total of 6 weeks. IN. THE. WINTER.

    There we met our son. We fought for him. We brought him home.

    It was terrifying. And horrible. And wonderful. I couldn't wait to get out. Finally breathed once we left airspace.

    We'll go there again someday. I miss it dearly.

    Sometimes you go where you're lead, but where you don't want to, and there you find the most beautiful and unexpected experiences.

    Great post (as always!) love LOVE love.

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  9. Some times i get tired of hearing lessons every time I read a blog.
    Everywhere but here.
    Here I eat them up.
    Thank you for the lessons.
    Tomorrow I am going some where I go all the time.
    Court for my babies : )
    Will they have gone to school? Or not?
    We will find out tomorrow at 10 am!
    XO

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  10. Great post. You continue to inspire.

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  11. Oh man yes. A thousand times yes...a thousand times.
    <3

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  12. I can see Singapore from my roof and was there 2 weeks ago (but didn't see that building...but the buildings behind it clue me to where it might be). My favorite building is the colorful one in this blogpost...in Little India, Singapore. Is this sentence too long for parentheses?) Your sister has a free place to crash in Malaysia if she wants it, pass the word.
    Thanks for rooting us all on!

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    1. Apparently I'm into throwing in random parentheses. I'm edgy. Here's the blog link too... http://www.anthonyandsharon.blogspot.com/2012/06/wheres-beefa.html

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  13. Our family just moved to the middle east a week ago, and I needed this reminder!! Thanks girl!!

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  14. I really quite seriously want to make a career change. It would take living on diddly squat for a while, and it wouldn't be easy....but I feel like it is meant to be. Thanks for motivation.

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  15. right now, my "going" is staying home and trying desperately to keep focused on my kids. and thanks to you and ellen, i can hope to do it with more grace.

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  16. Gasp! What a gorgeous place. Rainbows that start with green? Unexpected and lovely. Don't be sorry, not one single bit...if this photo isn't metaphor inducing, what could possibly be? God bless you, Keisha, and the people of Singapore, too.

    ps, it's Monday. My eyes are open and my heart is expectant. Not typical for a Monday, but I'm looking for my money shot. ;) (creepy wink, just for you.)

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  17. This truly inspired me! Thank you so much!

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  18. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i came here to waste a bit of time, because i don't have any to waste, because i was/am finding it impossible to focus & rebelling seemed like the thing to do. :) so much to do, all the hubbub that goes with selling & running a business, auctioning a farm (Oct. 27th), buying another farm, sick kids, moving my mother & harvest thrown in the mix & perhaps "a few" who think we are just a bit crazy. ha! and then that darn doubt lurking around the corner waiting for such a time as this. ugh. thank you! some days a gal just needs a good cheerleader.

    LOVE your sisters photo. blow it up & stick it on your wall why don't ya. or my wall for that matter.

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  19. It's such a happy building-it looks like someone built it with Lego's! Thanks for sharing ;)

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  20. Okay. I'll go. And, for the record, I hope you weren't kidding about being at the airport when I get back. ;-)

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  21. Thanks to the Lettered Cottage for sending me this way...Their creative fb post "why you have to go by flowerpatchfarmgirl..." Wow! I keep staring at the building expecting it to be like a doll house or something fake. That's pretty much amazing. Such a good perspective you wrote about it too! Loving every bit of this post!
    Best,
    Katie

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  22. Just sat down to read and saw my name under Graceful winners! So cool! Should I email you?

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    1. I got side tracked...whoops! meant to say beautiful picture and beautiful moving words to go along with it!

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  23. oh my goodness.
    were you trying to speak right to me??? do you know where i am going???
    because those were the words i need.
    i needed to be told ALL of those things exactly....i am crying in my dining room sitting in the dark.
    seriously shannon.
    unreal.
    i feel like God loves me all over again when i read your post.

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  24. amazing post...found you through the Lettered Cottage...will definitely be checking your blog out - that was just the inspiration I needed to push me in the right direction...thanks so much! - you've got a new follower from Ontario, Canada!

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    1. Aw, thanks, Cheryl! That Layla is such a keeper. :)

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  25. i'm kinda teary over this. i think we can go without actually getting on a plane and going. and that's where i get mixed up all the time.

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    1. Girl. Yes. Exactly. My "going" was less than 10 miles away, and really, it was more about my HEART going. I think going is a condition of the heart and it means something different for all of us. But I believe deeply that God is calling every one of us somewhere. We gotta go. :)

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  26. I feel that I am fortunate at this time of my life to be living in Singapore seeing this colorful building everyday! I think that we all have a desire to go & see the world. You don't have to go very far away to appreciate the beauty of it all. I do love the adventure of traveling!

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  27. Sisssay...
    I just saved this page on my desktop so I can read each post back at the hostel where I will find a nook a-top the roof as the smell of Curry breezes past my nose and my mind is captivated by your world and words :) Missing you like mad and wish we could hunt down the The most Exotic Maragole Hotel together ;) xox

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  28. Love this post -- it was posted on TLC's FB page and it really speaks volumes. Thanks for sharing :)

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  29. well if that isn't just the best post ever I need to remember it and send it out to people as they go or want to go or think about going.

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