The Beauty of the Unexpected

A sudden shift in melody, an unexpected pause

The change in light at daylight’s end that brings a sudden thrill

A new taste swirling ’round the mouth

The wakening pulse with travel

The unexpected brings with it refreshing change of perspective

c2022 Lisa Lyons

I am challenging myself to embrace the unexpected this weekend. To not react to it with anxiety and trepidation, but with openness and excitement. Something different. Something exciting. A new challenge. An obstacle to figure a workaround. A change in my too stubborn mindset.

Here is a treasured photo of my son at age 7 embracing the unexpected, circa 2001. We were doing the tourist thing at the Cliffs of Moher, and a kind musician saw his interest in his accordion. He immediately offered Joshua a go at it. Better yet, Joshua jumped right in and went for it, with little knowledge of the instrument. Beautiful memory, wonderful encouragement and joy for all of us.

Blessings to you as you embrace your unexpected surprises this weekend, Lisa

“So, What Do You Do?”

Scenario 1: You are meeting people in a social situation of any kind. Someone new comes up to you and says, “So….what do you do?”

You hem and haw, and feel that strange, slightly apologetic and defensive response come forth. “I am a writer. (or singer, or composer, or artist, or fill in the blank)” You use a subdued voice, looking towards the floor slightly.

“Wow. Can you make a living with that?” Only the truly bold acquaintance will muster that, but you feel it just the same, no matter the words or expressions chosen.

“Well, I am working on a novel, or art piece, or album….” Your voice trails off and you anxiously look for the exit to this conversation. You skillfully turn it to another topic and breathe a sigh of relief.

Scenario 2: Same setting. “So….what do you do?”

You stand up straight and smile. “I am an artist. (or writer, or singer, or composer)”, said in your normal happy speaking voice. Direct eye contact.

“Wow. That’s cool. I wish I had the guts to try something like that. Can you make a living?”

You smile again, letting them know within that smile that, no, not quite yet, but yes, it doesn’t really matter at this point.

They realize you aren’t going to answer that question, as it is immaterial. “Tell me about it. Sounds awesome.”

Just a bit of encouragement to all you artists, musicians, writers, etc. out there. No apologies. You are created in the image of God, who happens to be extremely artistic and creative Himself.

Blessings, Lisa

Straight On

The cold and wind hit like a stone

Unyielding, chilling, hard

At first they huddled, cringed and turned

But then one brave one

Turned and faced the pain, the cold

Chose to face the hardness

Straight on

c2022 Lisa Lyons

Monasterboice, County Louth, Ireland. Founded in the 5th century.

Imagination on a Tuesday

Clonmacnoise Round Tower, Photograph Ed Lyons

To get my mind going in the morning, sometimes I like to play the what if game. So today, please play along with me.

Hard choices. I will wait to reveal my answer in the comments later. Feel free to answer below in more detail as to why you chose the way you did. Happy imagining!

Blessings, Lisa

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Two Kinds of Morning Sheep

There are generally two kinds of morning sheep.

This one:

Caffeine….now.

Or this one:

Good morning! Lovely day we’re having! Howya doin’?

One guess as to which one I am this morning. And another guess as to how the writing is going. Oh, well. At least I am looking at cute pictures of sheep. That is always good.

Have a good weekend. Blessings, Lisa