This is my 50th post for my blog – I’m extremely proud of myself and want to take a real quick moment to thank every reader, follower, person who clicked, “Like” my friends, family, God, Buddha, Jesus, the angels and animal guides that led me to this moment. OK – animal guides? Yes. I like little critters and one day soon I will tell you about the ducks that literally fell out of the sky at my feet while walking my dog and then waddled off. True. It happened. But this post, story, article, or whatever the right terminology is for the blogosphere, isn’t about the animal guides – it is about starting from scratch – or new beginnings.
My favorite magazine when I was a kid was, World Magazine. It was the kid’s version of, National Geographic – another excellent magazine. My grandparents got me the magazine every year for Christmas. The images in the magazine are what captivated me – same as National Geographic. How amazing those photos are – one shot can capture the soul, the essence, of an entire lifetime of a person. I wanted to be the person that got out in the world and took those pictures. Later, I discovered the book, The Family of Man, and saw another collection of images from around the world. God tapped my chest and said, “Hey, Joanne – get out there and take some pictures.” So I did. And then didn’t. And then did.
And I wrote. I started learning to write by writing letters to friends – lots of letters. The longest letter I wrote was in an entire Mead Composition notebook to my friend, Peggy. Essentially it was a diary of random thoughts streaming from my mind… Oh – my first blog. Haha. But writing has always come naturally to me. My grandfather, father and brothers are all writers – I suppose it’s in our DNA. Putting my photography and my writing together really just seemed and still does seem, like the right thing to do. And lord knows, if I could make a living at doing one or the other – and better… both, I’d be smitten like a kitten.
I was talking to Dad about it this weekend and he said, “Jo – you have to just keep writing. Your readers will eventually tell you what they like and don’t like. You will figure it out – use your sense of humor, just be yourself.” Alrighty, then….
I am taking two course right now from, A Course in Miracles teachers. The first is being taught by Rev. Jennifer Hadley and is called, Masterful Living and the other by Marianne Williamson and is called, The Law of Divine Compensation. I know.. totally rad, right? YES! Both are lifetime game changers – let me tell you. I 100% recommend both of these teachers. Tonight in Marianne’s class, she conducted a guided meditation and WHAM! If God had said, “Hey, Joanne, if I could give you that needed nudge to get you over that edge of fear… the one holding you back from taking more pictures, from writing more, from telling people who you are and how to find your work… what would that look like?” Well, it would look like the enormous gift of the guided meditation we got from, Marianne Williamson today. It would look like being able to hear my teacher, Rev. Jennifer Hadley’s voice in my head today say, “Great question!” It would be like seeing an email from my friend Rosanna signed, “baci, Rosanna.” It would be like getting my daily check-in text from, Joan or remembering to look up and not down when I walk down the hall. These are the nudges I needed – the nudges I can see.
Because folks – I’m not a bad writer or horrible photographer. I’m not the best at either – but I don’t need to be. I just need to know, starting from scratch at the beginning of each day brings fresh beauty and at the end of the day I have warm love.
I need to remember, all there is in life is fear and love. LOVE. It even looks more beautiful than the word, fear.
Here is to starting from scratch each day. Sending love and blessings to each of you.