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  • Writer's pictureJaime Pollard-Smith

J'aime La Vie

I recently heard Anne Lamott explain that you can catch bees in a jar without a lid. Once they are at the bottom, they will just walk around bumping into the sides and buzzing. If they would only look up, they could be free.

I have sent at least ten texts this week that say, “Go outside and look at the sky.” It matters where we turn our gaze during these times of uncertainty. Some days the easy choice is to just feel stuck in the jar, wallowing in pity and letting the fear and questions bury us. It can help when someone reminds us to stop what we are doing and look up.

I had a project set to launch in 2020. Everything was clicking and coming together; I was riding that creative high. Then the world changed. Our life was put on pause and calendars became wastelands. Any creative endeavor seemed frivolous, indulgent, maybe even insensitive to the current state of the nation. I felt like my writing and projects had no place in the present social landscape.

After several conversations with friends, I began to question my decision. “Why not now?” was the question I kept hearing. I spent hours “thinking” in my journal and moderating a dialogue between Truth and Beauty. Beauty can get so tired of having to prove her worth and earn her place over and over again. She envies that Truth gets to just be. Ultimately, I came to the decision that in darkness is where we most need the light. When hope seems lost and Truth is hard to decipher, we look for Beauty to remind us of our light and offer hope.

So without further adieu, I am going to launch my latest project. Thank you for stopping by and please visit the page shared below. Next week, on April 1, I will be introducing you to my first guest. I can’t wait for you to meet her! She is pure magic.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

-Mary Oliver

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