Delivering up some thank you notes as I trot into lap 58….
Thank you, life, for showing me that clear is kind,
for swatting me hard sometimes when I’m not direct and nudging me
to ask better questions instead of parking myself in comfortable assumption.
Thank you, Brene’ Brown, for “paint done” –
and Candace for “keep talking – don’t quit talking yet”…
and that I’m learning, learning to do relationship better.
For how beautiful is understanding
Thank you, local honey, for being the sweetest medicine I know.
Thank you, big gold house on the hill, for holding us all safe through the storms
and keeping a roof over my grateful head.
Thank you, last golden minutes before the sun slips down behind the mountain,
for bathing me in glisten and glow enough to last the whole night through.
Thank you, pain and exhaustion, for teaching me that if I say “yes”
when my heart means “no” that I’m doing a terrible thing to myself
and to people I don’t want to hurt.
For growing a stronger “no” in me.
Thank you, all my messy art journals, for showing me how to make investment
in my own heart – that it’s the streambed of my tomorrows.
For being peace and purpose and play to me.
Thank you, Truth, for letting my questions tumble out – my ugly, raw and angry stuff –
to rest unanswered in your light until they lose the power to throttle me.
Thank you, Anderson, for your gentle, merry way.
For your kindness even when I’m unhinged; I appreciate every minute.
Thank you, Autumn, for being warm compassion and healing balm.
Your presence and words this year were pure gift
and my heart is stronger for it.
Thank you, Katie, for feeling like home away from home
and for stirring my aliveness with your strength and smile.
And for reminding me to rest.
Thank you, Hope for inspiring dreams to bubble up life again,
for calling to the beauty-maker in me
and tugging me to find new ways. I’m forever grateful for you.
Thank you, hard conversations, for teaching me courage. For letting me practice my baby steps
into braver waters.
Thank you, Tom and Beth, for being friendship and fried chicken in the lonesome.
Thank you, trust, for coming on slow but sure where I’ve felt jilted.
For finding a place in my heart even where I’ve locked down afraid of being gullible again.
For helping me be open and also shrewd…..for teaching me to hold the line taught between the two.
Thank you, truth-tellers, for being healing drops to my eyes – for helping me to see
that I don’t always see so well.
Thank you, God, for being only mercy when I feel hurt and hard.
For wooing me back to my head on your chest every time I spin out.
Thank you, Candace, Libby, Gay, Patty, Risa, Marcia, Katherine, Pam, Claire, Karen, Barbara, Eva, Jennifer, Mary Beth, Elizabeth, Lorraine…..gosh, ya’ll. You blew me away!
I don’t even know what I would have done without your kind gift last August.
It was a suffocating time and you threw open a window for some fresh air.
I could breathe again and I don’t know enough thank you words.
Thank you, people who offer “do you want to have a pray?”
It’s a gift of rare beauty to join hands and invite God.
I love this as much as I loved knocking on doors with alongside a friend when I was young,
maybe to sell girl scout cookies or ask someone to come out and play.
Standing together knocking is a sweet spot in my soul and I’ll always appreciate each ask.
Thank you, Jason, for your kind, encouraging way.
Thank you, Audible, for good reads while the miles passed long beneath me.
Thank you, old green jeep, for going and going and going still.
You take me there. And sometimes make me stay.
And I like our relationship:)
Thank you to some of the sensitive heroic nurses who patiently helped my Mom make her way home.
You are unsung angels and I couldn’t begin to walk a mile in your shoes.
Thank you, dear body of mine, for going weak all over and feeling awful when I lie. You say it strong to make
me honest. Especially to myself. Thanks for helping check my thoughts when I’m sleepy to what I’m doing.
Thank you, brave ones who strip off the label of “victim” and own powerful their stories instead. You
challenge my self pity and excuses; I’m grateful for your candles burning potent in the dark. d
You shift things more than you know.
Thank you, Mom, for teaching me some things about living and dying. About being strong – maybe even too strong. For the way your presence sometimes lands still like a gift and for praying from a clear and peaceful place.
I look forward to togethering with you again someday.
Thank you, Dad, for lifelong learning. For making yourself oatmeal and frying eggs and finding new ways.
For your weakness and your wonder – I’m richer because you’re you.
Thank you to the different ones – the atypical and off-center.
For being both brave and weak in the ways we sometimes punish. We are all the greater for you
and I wouldn’t want to live in a world where you don’t lead us.
Thank you, Langston, for making me wrestle. For challenging my perceptions and making waves
where I wanted an oversimplified calm.
For reminding me that people are worth the pain.
Thank you to my dearests – Bryan, Hannah, Peter, John, Amanda, Lance, Danielle. For stirring me always to be curious, vulnerable, unsettled, fluid, and half-crazy until I do better. For making me a more humane human and this world a friendlier place.
Thank you, little table in the woods, for sharing your space by the river while I play with pens and paints
and write out what I hear the wild wind saying. You help me let the river flow through me and make all the work worthwhile.
Thank you, you beautiful noble people of Snowbird and Birdtown,
for letting me be a small part of your lives
You have my heart.
Thank you, pressure and struggle, for not leaving me the way that I was.
That I don’t have to fear my failings and fumblings
Thank you, Singing River, for growing inside me until I’m bursting with the soul spa I’m carrying
to full term. I can’t wait to discover your name and offer you up to serve and be seen.
You feel like the best part of me; thanks for hanging on.
Thank you, new courage, that sometimes finds me being transparent in the middle of a shamestorm.
For the growing grace to just stand there naked until my fear gets tired of fearing and love gets to find me like that and heal some of my unloved places.
Thank you, lungs, for filling up with air every day fresh and fueling my comings and goings.
I’m your biggest fan and so appreciate your flexibility.
Thank you, dear soul of mine, for becoming more discriminating about the stories you make up about why things happen. I appreciate your growing patience before you rush to craft a narrative that may hurt on my body and mind. Thanks for recognizing when you might not be seeing it true. This feels like becoming free.
Thank you, drivers who respect instead of rage. You make all of our lives more livable. And every minute you take to be kind is a sweet rain of goodness on dry places.
Thank you to the helpers – the ones who come alongside when trouble happens. You are the salt of the earth;
we’d all be in a world of hurt if not for your heart to show up and risk. You make it do-able to be human.
Thank you, real apologies, for being said from hearts that know how to kneel down and serve love.
You heal and re-set us. And give us grace to go again, restoring relationships and building the bridges that move us
forward over busted up places. You are bottomless brilliance and may just save us.
Thank you, Lisa, Sandy, Donna, Jennifer and Karen, for being forever-friends who hear my things
and let me wail and show me grace even when I’m frantic as life is burning down my fear.
For being a finger away on the chat when I need to tag someone in.
For showing up in the hard stuff. You’re a gift to me, I know it.
Thank you, Janet, for being my sister-friend who loves me always. I think I’m most myself with you and it’s scary sometimes to be that real and test again the waters “am I still okay? Still loved?” With you I’m always safe and this is no small thing in this great big wide. You and David are pure gold and harbor.
Thank you, midnight hours, for being quiet and draped in moonlight. For the stars you offer so gentle and the whisper to put things right. For the way you strip away the clutter
and offer up the living room to roll out my thoughts and prayers like paint chips on the floor.
I forgive you the intrusion and welcome your tap tap tap on my window.
Thank you to the physical therapists who worked me so good. My back thanks you so hard!
It’s joy and relief to know what to do to keep my parts all playing nice with each other.
Thank you, soap and showers and all the bathtubs I have loved.
And Epsom salts, I heart you forever.
Thank you, Thistle Farms in Nashville, for inspiring me wildly. For showing that crafting and social justice and healing can team up successful to do big good. For Love Heals.
Thank you, Pisgah Forest, for being a living picture of restoration.
For sparking my vision for bigger things.
Thank you, boots that keep my socks dry, gloves that keep my hands warm,
and all the hats that have shielded me from the sun this year.
You give my skin a fighting chance.
Thank you, problem-solvers, for solutions and finding better ways.
Thank you, cider-makers, for turning humble fruits into tart bubbles
that sing welcome end-of-day songs.
Thank you, laughter that shakes my belly – you’re better than pie
and a staple in my life.
thank you, Bryan, for working to find your footing on this steep and slippery slope
and knowing sometimes the passwords and prices, and for holding my hand
warm as we pray in the night.
Thank you, life, for being both beautiful and hard. And exquisitely painful.
And worth living for all the moments and days. I will believe that you are precious,
that people are priceless, and that the turn of the decade has ushered in our finest and most fruitful days.
Thank you, dear ones who read the words I write down,
for the gift of your listen. This is no small thing in this loud and busy world
and I’m honored that you take the time.
I used to think that when I reached almost 60 I’d be old and wise,
yet somehow I feel as if I’m still just on the cusp of getting a clue:)
My bag is, however, heavy with fresh new thank you notes.
Thanks for letting me dump them out and share.