All In

The Urban Dictionary defines all in:

Originally and still a poker metaphor, ‘all in’ has also come to mean a situation whose subject is unreservedly involved, without qualification. Fully committed. In this sense the term “all in” is almost the same as its denotative opposite, “all out,” as in all-out warfare.

A two-word phrase for how I want to live my life.  All in.

Unreservedly involved. Fully committed. Firmly resolved.  Focused.  Eager.  Ready.

A New Year aside – although it’s a tidy little starting line to draw in the sand –  I stare my life straight in the eye, face to face with who I am now, today, so completely convinced there’s still more me out there yet to find. 

Welcome to my new place:  one hopeful year

one hopeful year means digging heart and soul deep to find faith and hope.
one hopeful year means discovery … dedication … delight in the ordinary … and the courage to seek out some extraordinary. 

one hopeful year means thinking and reflecting and dreaming and daring and wondering and asking.  It means giving.
one hopeful year means a year of writing.  I write to learn, share, create, and grow.  I write because … and here’s some good grammar … I can’t not.

one hopeful year also means doing.  It’s in the doing where I’ve been stuck.  I’ve been living some sort of  transitional inertia – neither here nor there – and I’m unsure where to lead this life of mine next. 

High school physics taught me it takes a powerful force to overcome inertia.  Hope is that powerful force.  The kind of force that tells me:  I know I need to go all in in order to live all-out.

Who knows where life will lead in this next hopeful year or what cards life will deal?  I hope you follow this blog and my journey as I push all my chips to the center of the table.  

I’m all in.

Happy Hopeful Year!

Barbara

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