Packing Light for #JTreat

from the plane window, heading west

I’M LEAVING BEHIND just-planted summer flowers,
pansies at their peak
and a freshly bathed dog
and heading to the Great Plains
to the company of fellow writers and darers,
grace-receivers and grace-givers,
to listen.

I’m packing light,
leaving expectations behind
and not stopping by Great Clips to have that snippet of hair snipped off, the one that’s sticking out sideways.

Flaws and all, I’m going.

Maybe I’ll come home fired up about an idea I need to throw myself into.

Or maybe I’ll come home relieved to be set free from thinking I need one.

Or maybe I’ll discover all I really want to do is what I’ve been doing a good long time now, writing a letter each morning before the sun rises, then going on about my day, every day for the rest of my life. Nothing more than that. And how would that sit with me? Can’t say for sure.

It’ll be a thousand letters soon, which is why I’ve not blogged much. It’s not felt like a waste of time. There’s nothing like being right smack in the middle of where I belong, doing the job I’ve been given to do and knowing it. Flaws and all.

Jumping Tandem: The Retreat

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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6 Responses to Packing Light for #JTreat

  1. Sharon O says:

    have a wonderful blessed time, i had to cancel out and will miss it a lot. take lots of pictures and hug Deidra for me.


  2. Yaaaay!

    So looking forward to seeing you again.



  3. avonlady84 says:

    Enjoyed meeting you so much, Marilyn! Wish we’d have been able to visit one-on-one, but your comments at the writing workshop inspired me so much. I came home ready to try my hand at blogging. Got one set up & have posted twice. Not sure how I feel about having my heart hanging out there for everyone to take shots at, but guess that’s what we “writers” do, right? Feels so strange to call myself a “writer”, but I’ve loved the written word all my life, whether losing myself in reading a book or pouring my feelings out iinto a poem. Thanks for your inspiration, and may we be guided by the unseen hand of our God to create what He has placed within us to share with the world.


    • Marilyn says:

      I’m delighted to hear you were inspired and energized toward an action. Congratulations on launching the blog. It’s normal to feel a little like all your stuff is hanging out there. It is. Don’t share more than you’re comfortable with. Blogging has its role, but so do journals, letters and a good friend or two. I have made some wonderful friends through blogging as common threads are emerge and discovered. Some I’ve met face-to-face. May it be a good experience for you as well!


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