The Verbs of Kindness

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A verb:  an action or a state of being.

No grand gestures here.

To do. To act. To be.

Kind.

In no particular order:

  1. help
  2. respect
  3. include
  4. encourage
  5. care
  6. welcome
  7. listen
  8. smile
  9. praise
  10. notice
  11. offer
  12. share
  13. greet
  14. thank
  15. give
  16. invite
  17. compliment
  18. accept
  19. honor
  20. love

If you need a verb in your day … take one.

If you have a verb to add … leave one!

Thanks.

 

A Sudden Burst of Beautiful

We’ve experienced a sudden burst of beautiful in New England.

 

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There’s sun. Warmth. Brilliant blue skies and water to match.

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We’re all out and about, and life here’s pretty much postcard perfect.

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There’s pansies out front,  a peeper frog chorus at dusk, and the all the birds sing hallelujah each morning.

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And I’m pretty sure I can speak for all of New England: We’re just so grateful it’s Spring!

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Share your Spring!

Please?

 

If you must, you will.

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One hundred days suddenly doesn’t seem long enough.

I’m well into week one of #the100dayproject and I’ve been experimenting.

As promised.

To myself.

Who needs a studio when there’s just-right light, a stool, and an old crate? Our mudroom basks in the softest of morning light this time of year, and just when I wasn’t looking, there it was: a gentle caress of light across wilting tulips.

Experimenting never looked so beautiful – to me.

And maybe that’s the single biggest understanding I’m gaining about #the100dayproject. It’s not about followers, or readers, or any kind of audience at all.

My audience this time around feels like an audience of one.

There’s peace and a comfortable solitude in the quiet moments of creating. Me and my pen. Me and my camera. Me and my thoughts. My photographs. My words.

Me… and myself.

I’m a new believer:

If you must, you will.

 

 

What’s Even Riskier than Doing?

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As dreams go, the photographer dream surpassed the writer dream about two years ago.

I’ve evolved, more fascinated by the just-so curve of light than the tender sculpting of words.

Even so, as dreams go, the dreaming of one or the other is blurry and vague – a someday when sort of dream, a maybe I could sort of fantasy.

Still, all that vague dreaming led me here to this one moment of doing,

A once and for all commitment.

I’m afraid.

And that’s the truth of it.

Do dreams age?

(Like I have?)

My stubborn streak walks hand-in-hand with my lack of confidence, and I’m walking straight into the sudden realization that dreaming is safer than doing.

Even riskier than doing, however, is deciding.

And that’s already been done.

#the100dayproject

 

 

#the100dayproject

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100 days.

A roly-poly, friendly number.

100 days.

Start to finish: April 4 to July 12 … the day after my birthday.

(A sign, for sure.)

Oh my. This project is so exactly what I need.

It’s a hopeful project. A heart project. A passion project.

#the100dayproject is a pledge, promise, and vow … to myself.

It’s a happy, healthy, and can-do adventure of discovery and purpose.

And it’s all waiting for me right at the crossroads of should and must.

It’s been two years since Elle Luna’s book THE CROSSROADS OF SHOULD AND MUST Find and Follow Your Passion was published, and it’s been a little over a year since I read it: itching and aching for more creativity in my life.

Did I mention yearning?

I wasn’t ready for last year’s project, too jam-packed with excuses why I could not and should not. But this year … this year is the year of why not?  So I’m all in.

It’s a commitment to personal passion:  100 days of ___________

So watch for it here: 100 days of  photography and writing.

I’m especially interested in the intersection of the two – how one inspires the other. A which came first chicken and egg sort of experiment.  I’ll be exploring it with my students too.

I’d love to tell you more, but the beauty is: I don’t know where I’ll go over the the next 100 days … and I certainly don’t know where I’ll be at the end.

Won’t it be fun to find out?

You can register for and connect to #the100dayproject HERE.

Follow 100 Day Project co-founders on Instagram: @elleluna and @lindsayjeanthomson

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