what i love

Creation is a better means of self-expression than possession;

it is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.

~ Vida Dutton Scudder

I am so happy to be taking part in the Courage to Fly blog hop. What a fabulous group of creative souls, filled with inspiration. We were given the option of answering one of several questions, and this is the one that jumped out at me:

What do you love? and why?

I think this one jumped out at me because I had an immediate answer. And then later, several other answers came to mind. And then of course, several more. So much to love, so little time.

But the simple answer, the one that immediately popped into my head was this: life.

That’s it.

Although, of course, life is never simple, is it? And some days, life is hard. Or sad. Or unfair. Or a struggle. But that’s the thing about life. It gives you lots of second chances.

Each day is a new beginning, Or each hour, or each minute, or each breath, depending on how you choose to look at it. Because if you’re here, and you’re breathing, you’re in it.


A gift that is so easy to take for granted, while at the same time, being the most precious gift of all. Now, of course, my life is not perfect. In many ways, it hasn’t turned out the way I expected, or hoped, that it would. But in many, many other ways, I am blessed.

I have a home. No, it’s not my dream home, but it is the home in which I dream. I make my living as an artist from this home. There is never as much money as I’d like, but every day, I do something I love.

I have food on my table, some of it grown in my garden. Almost always, I also have a vase full of flowers on that same table. I have family to eat with and gather round, I have tea to drink in the morning, a slice of cinnamon toast before I go to bed each night.

Small things, simple pleasures, second chances.

And there is beauty all around me, in a child’s smile, a bud on a tree, the painted sky of a setting sun. There are words that come as gifts, and words that fight their way to the surface. There is the tiny bunny rescued from the dog that killed his siblings. There is a cardinal singing love songs in a tree. There is joy and sadness, tragedy and comfort, flight and falls. Through it all, there is hope.

Hope for a better world, hope for more kindness, hope that I will remember, every day, to stop and live the life I’m in.

This wonderful, difficult, charming, exhausting, filled-with-second-chances progression of days.

Because having the courage to fly isn’t just about spreading your wings.

It’s also about the breathing. The inhale and exhale

that is life.

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  • Kathryn April 6, 2011 at 8:01 am

    So beautiful, I especially love the part about where you talk about your home . . . ” I have a home. No, it’s not my dream home, but it is the home in which I dream.” We have a lot to be grateful for.

  • Alexis Yael April 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

    Beautifully said, and beautifully life-loving <3

  • Jamie S April 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Great post! I agree I love life – I’ve even gotten to the point that I’ve realized the times I love life the most are when I’m being challenged and things aren’t easy. It is when I feel most powerful and full of joy.

  • Heather Shafer April 6, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Great post! i totally agree, life is amazing.. That doesn’t mean that it is always what we want it to be, but the hope and the other chances in each breath are wonderful! Beautifully written!

  • Vonda April 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Loving life-no matter what-breath-in-out-in-out–what words! I loved this…thanks-you challenged me today.

  • Katja April 6, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Oh how beautiful! Thank you for reminding me of how precious and wonderful life is!

  • Brandi April 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    The older I get, the more I realize how precious and valuable life is. Not because that’s the way it is for everyone, but because I choose to see it that way. Thanks for the lovely reminder!

  • stephey : Marked by the Muse™ April 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    you’re right. Life is made up of the, “Small things, simple pleasures, second chances.” and we can have the courage to honor that, bring our light to life and express joy. Spreading our wings means being in the flow of LIFE, not only soaring but breathing in and out – wow. beautiful. thank you.

  • Jen April 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks for reminding us of how fortunate we really are!

  • Chantal April 7, 2011 at 4:39 am

    these words make me overthink my life…

  • Leah C April 7, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Once again, beautiful, beautiful words:)

  • bonitarose April 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I agree with you.. too often we are all so busy trying to get to the next place in life, we forget to just stop and enjoy life as it is, right now. xo beautiful. thks for sharing your words with us.. xo hugs

  • Anna April 7, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Indeed, it is a beautiful life. Your capture and editing are simply gorgeous!!!!

  • terri st. cloud April 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    i totally loved this! it really brought me back to what i loved about my own life. thank you for that!

  • Laura April 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    Great share. I particularly like the idea of a home in which to dream vice a dream home. Very me.

  • sonyamacdesigns April 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    yes, I agree … life is the most beautiful gift … we each get to unwrap daily … a most awesome post!

  • April Cole April 10, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Thank you for sharing your story… yes it’s the little things in life that we should value dearly! :]

  • Mary April 10, 2011 at 9:47 pm


  • deb taylor April 19, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Kelly, this post is spot on! I love what you said about your home, not being your dream home but “the home in which you dream” Your place to make a living as an artist. This is wonderful. I feel the same way, that no matter where I live, I can make a home for myself and make a modest living from there within. ~Pull up those boots straps, and B-R-E-A-T-H-E~

  • Wendy Brightbill April 20, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    hello kelly, i am just getting caught up on some of the blog posts for the courage to fly blog hop when i ran across you. what a lovely voice you have. thank you for sharing your words. i am learning this more and more every day. there is beauty in every breath and so much to be grateful for, even in the difficult things in life. i have learned this all too well. sometimes the most precious gifts can grow from the broken places.

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