Congratulations to Alice who won the copy of Balance Busyness and Not Doing it All last week!
A little over a week ago, I had the chance to spend a few days hiking in New York for work. I know, tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.
After 10 long, rainy miles, we came to this.
Seriously, it’s so much more amazing in person, and my phone died before I hiked to the best parts. This is the gorge leading into Watkins Glen in New York.
I could have stood in that gorge all day, admiring the the waterfalls, staring at the layers of rock, wondering what it would have been like to discover this area as an early settler.
I have the privilege of being part of the Breathe Christian Writers Conference October 9-10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our theme for this year is Awaken Your Wonder.
Being out in nature, hiking a trail, hearing other people’s stories, seeing a gorge carved out of rock–these things awaken my wonder. They make me pull out a pen and lean into my thoughts and the surroundings, capturing every sense, every minuscule detail.
Because life is so amazing.
And for all the hard and challenging things we face every day–there’s still so much wonder to behold.
[tweetherder]I want to hold on to the wonder.[/tweetherder]
When life is hard and overwhelming and I feel like my heart is cracking in two–I want to hold on to the wonder.
Like a caterpillar who, I swear, looked me in the eye and posed for the photo. “Go ahead. Look at me. Capture my beauty. I may be tiny, but I share this planet with you.”
Registration for the Breathe Conference closes next week, September 30.
We are excited to host award-winning author Steven James as our keynote speaker. We have a fantastic lineup of speakers and breakout sessions. I’ll be teaching on on “Making Time to Write.” Check out the list of breakout sessions here, the schedule here, and register here!
I’d love to see you there. The conference is just $150 for two days of learning and connecting with other writers. We even throw in dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday. It’s a deal.
You’ll meet some of the most encouraging writers ever. I promise. Join us and Awaken Your Wonder.
Bruce Matthews says
A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full or wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later year…the alienation from the sources of our strength.” Rachel Carson
Ooh, that’s a great quote. Thanks for sharing Bruce!