Friday, January 20, 2012

BE Yourself

“Simply the thing that I am shall make me live.” William Shakespeare

This morning I’ve been pondering how much I miss interacting with the blogging community on a regular basis. Alongside this musing, come reflections on the level of inspiration its writers and readers have provided me over the years. I’ve visited the blogosphere on a less regular basis in past months—the catalyst being my blog reader disintegrating alongside other activities and life events. In deep and indelible ways, however, blogging stays with me through the words and thoughts I’ve breathed in over the years. It never really leaves, even when I feign absence. I have deeply missed the daily, evocative conversation with people around the world. It’s very different (and less-fulfilling) than quick Facebook status updates or super-fast Tweets (which I'm still resisting).

With the beginning of 2012, I find myself in a space that feels very different from years past. My pathway seems less clear or defined, and my soul is generously content with the lack of definition. At the launch of each new year, I choose a word as a gentle guide and focus for the coming months. The word that chose me this year is BE.

While BE is a word that’s shown up in numerous previous ways, it was nonetheless the one that kept bubbling to the top of my awareness as year’s end approached. It’s a provocative word and one that’s easily accessorized with other descriptors: Be yourself; Be present; Be still... It is proving to be an interesting challenge and something to be noted on a moment-by-moment basis. Lately I have been somewhat obsessed with the fruition of a long-time dream... the publication of my new book, As I Lay Pondering. I am wordless at how this experience is impacting me, and realize the extreme need to simply BE in it.

There are so many things to be done, learned and experienced in this unveiling. It is not only revealing my words and thoughts to the world, but also offering a whole new way for me to BE.. and even that statement leaves me wordless.

So what can I say? What do I know? Well... What I know this moment—right now—is that I am eternally grateful for the community that has followed and supported this blog (and me) for the past several years. Without you, As I Lay Pondering would not exist. Without you, it would be more difficult for me to BE myself. Thank you for coming to this space where I can simply be me. My hope always is that you leave here feeling a little more you. ☺

8 comments:

Kanesha @Bold Living Today said...

Kayce - this is such a celebratory post! I love your excited energy, love for your readers, and that you bring who you are. Thanks for sharing YOU with US!
xo

lucy said...

thanks, 'nesh! i'm glad you feel the celebration 'cuz i sure do :) xo

tinkerbell the bipolar faerie said...

I loved reading this ...

Dianna Woolley said...

Such a joy to have been and to continue to BE with you as this great little book has come to life right in front of our eyes!

xo

lucy said...

ahhh, tinkerbell, right back at ya!


dianna—or may i call you sunrise sister?... thanks for being with me every step of the way!! xoxo

Kel said...

it's nice to read this
my guess is many of your book buyers will have been blog readers
may you continue to BE at the blog, regardless of the book :-)

Tess Giles Marshall said...

You'll always BE part of the blogging community, ya know! And I for one am very glad.

lucy said...

hey kel - my hubby and i are dreaming of an australian book and workshop tour... whaddya think?


tess - sending the love right back at ya!!

i'm so tickled to see so many of the "old gang" showing up to comment... i can feel the love :) xoxo