"We're all just walking each other home." - - Ram Dass

Friday, December 30, 2011

Five Minute Friday: This New Year, Open.

This week's word: Open

One only has to converse with a child to know that they wholly embody this word, "open"

Open with their distaste for bedtime and broccoli.

Open with their opinions on your dress, hairstyle or anything else for that matter.

Open with their love, affection, and, unless your my 3yr old daughter, their kisses.

Open with their tears, streaming down letting you in to their soul that has had a little shaking, for they do not break in isolation.

They are brave enough to do it before others.

Being open is not something I am particularly good at. I tend to calculate thoughts, emotions, responses subconsciously before I even recognize I have taken in information.

I make lists in my head, plans {ha!} as to how something will go, and reasons to do or not do as they fit in my comfort zone.

I am learning to lean into the open.  Some of the best moments of my year have happened when I have allowed myself to be open to plans that are not my own, and with people, right where they are assembly required.

This includes allowing myself to be vulnerable. To show there are days and scenarios that hurt. There are people and situations that call for open celebration. Even to allow myself to write on a public forum, new, and not without its set of self-doubts and self-risks.

I can think of no greater resolution for 2012 than this. To remain open to what life may bring.  Process it within the moment, and with others.

To do life together.

{please join's so much sweeter with friends}


  1. Oh yes . . . to do life together . . . with Jesus and with our brothers and sisters in Christ and with the world to reach them for Him! It's a great new goal for next year!

  2. I pray I may be open too.
    You have a BEAUTIFUL daughter!

  3. You're speaking to my heart, too! I'm a list-maker, planner, and wayy over thinker. I'm right there with you, trying to embrace the opening.

  4. "I am learning to lean into the open."

    Beautifully said. Your words resonate deeply. I'm a planner. It can be a challenge to step into a course that is not fully "planned out" ahead of time. I pray that I too will remain open to whatever curves lie in my path. Lovely post.

  5. ".. allowing myself to be vulnerable." Ah, there's the crunch. That’s what all the planning and calculating is for. To prevent precisely that ... getting hurt!
    Your resolution will also be mine! I will try …
    Thank you for encouraging words to my post :-)

  6. Love what we learn from the simplicity of children. My post was similar today (kind of). I live with a house full of planners and struggle with the tension of wanting to be more spontaneous when others need to know what the "plans are". Lovely post.

  7. Oh, I liked this take on "open". If only we could live like they do (I have an almost three year old too!). When they are sad, they cry. When happy, they life open.

    Beautiful write and beautiful place.

  8. There is nothing like the openness of a child to teach me who I am as a woman, as a mother.

  9. Oh what a beautiful resolution. My 3 year old is the same way, I love it :-) thanks for sharing!

  10. "they do not break in isolation" - oh my, this is IT. I'm writing it down, and will take this challenge with me. May I be public and unafraid of my breaking.
    Blessings Tara, I'd love to meet your little girl in person, she is fierce and beautiful!

  11. oh... i had to come and read when i saw the thumbnail of your girl! she's BEAUTIFUL!
    and so are these words you've shared. what a powerful word picture... learning to lean into the open.

    blessings - and keep enjoying that little one!
    there's nothing quite like a three year old, is there?

  12. Being open is a risk with great rewards. I too struggle with that but ask God for His help knowing He'll give it! (new FB follower from (in)courage)

  13. Great post! And a great resolution. I think we can learn so much from kids. Yours is adorable. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Happy New Year!

  14. To do life together is the crux of it, isn't it? To put it out there and trust God with it and others with it. To not burrow my emotional landscape deep within my heart. Thank you for journeying with me. You can bet I'll be right alongside you too.

  15. What a beautiful reflection. I really enjoyed the connection you made between "openness" and "transparency." It has given me a new way of looking at things. Thank you.

  16. Great post. I like your resolution for the New Year. (New FB Follower from (in)courage!)

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