Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Slice of Life: A Creed.
Two Writing Teachers host Slice of Life on their blog. Join us and link up too!
Last Fall, as I was nearing the end of a grueling grad class; I had to pick up a book. You know, to read. I'm so lucky it was this one:
I read it in two sittings. Now I could go on about the lessons to be learned; the power of women; the power of story. It could go on. But my slice isn't a book review. You already know that this book is amazing. In the book; Jacqueline Woodson writes a creed toward the end. A statement of belief after experiencing her life.
Once, not too long ago, a visiting pastor shared with our congregation that a creed is spoken boldly. Clench your fists. Look in your friend's eyes. Say it with Gusto! Now, I'm Lutheran. So I'm pretty sure by the time he got to Gusto--some people had passed out from all the excitement. :) I came to Faith later in life; so excitement in church doesn't scare me. This day was a little bit confirming about who I am as a person of Faith. (That could be a series of slices people!)
So, I had written a creed for myself. Just a quick write; a statement of beliefs. Then I had tucked it away with my fall graduate work. Enter spring graduate work, and a chance to open up the notebook where I write down outlines, etc. before I post them online. And I found it:
I Believe in God.
I Believe in Love. All the time; Choose Love.
I Believe in slowing down as much as you can. That's when life happens.
With that; I Believe it's okay to be bored.
I Believe in laughing uproariously.
I Believe in snacks with friends.
I Believe that my life needs a soundtrack. A Good One.
I Believe that a good nap can solve almost anything. (Eat a snack when you wake up.)
I completely Believe in the power of coffee.
I Believe in loyalty.
I Believe that what goes on in a long run can heal you--inside and out.
I Believe in Miracles. Even Today.
Jacqueline Woodson's book has stuck with me. I highly recommend it. If it inspired you in anyway, I would love to hear about it!