Good New Year's morning, everyone!
So, I realized over the last month that, if I don't have a regular practice of posting -- every single day -- it isn't going to happen. Life gets in the way. Life interrupts and clamors. Silly old life.
What are you doing to prepare for this year? Making lists? Choosing a word or phrase to guide you? Promising, planning, resolving? I am working on choosing my word for the year, one that will be part of my planning and reflection, my moving forward and my looking back.
I have deep hope for 2014, and a resolve to let go of the past and step boldly. We will see what happens. Many people, as soon as the going gets hard or the fat hits the fire, retreat back into habit and safety. Habits can be good. So can safety, being safe and all. But to stay in habit, to stay hidden in safety -- that deadens the story, that kills adventure, that binds the hero(ine) in a bond of iron that no fairy magic can undo. Only the work of human hands can undo iron. Only our fierce, heart-warmed courage can untangle the webs of the old and allow us to move unfettered into the new. We need grace, and gentleness, and encouragement. Find them where you do, and trust that you will know where to go when you step out of the cave.
The sun is already coming back to us. Can you feel it?
Sara Renee Logan has been telling stories to everyone who would listen since she was seven. She organized storytimes for her college roommates, and spent a year at Oxford studying folklore and folktales. Many years as a Waldorf teacher allowed her to tell stories about everything from Baba Yaga's hut on chicken legs to the water cycle to the life of Joan of Arc. Sara shares her life with her partner, Melanie, their son, and an unreasonable family of pets. She continues to share her love of storytelling and stories with audiences of all ages, specializing in bringing the wild beauty of folktales to young and old. Sara writes about parenting, storytelling, and about living a life with stories.