You may have guessed it, but yes I am doing it. I am starting a 365 project. One photo posted each day for one full year. I am making the point to post here on this long neglected blog, where I have had my ups and down and yet still find it a sweet refuge for thinking, creating, sharing, and sometimes embarrassing myself.
Today I read this line from the Letters of Flannery O'Connor,
I've been writing for sixteen years and I have the sense of having exhausted my original potentiality and being now in need of the kind of grace that deepens perception, a new shot of life or something...While I don't have sixteen years of writing behind me and certainly nothing even within one hundred light years of Miss O'Connor's writing potentiality, I love the expression, "being now in need of the kind of grace that deepens perception..."
And at the beginning of this year of 2015, I need that new shot of life... or something. When I photograph and write regularly, I see the world anew. There have been recent years when I felt like these pursuits, or outlets, or gifts, whatever they are, needed to lie dormant, or be given up for a time. You can always hold a thing to closely or expect too much from it. I don't need to lean on anything other than the One who upholds me and is the only real giver of life. But I sense that for now and perhaps in this year, I can take these tools He has given me and use them for some kind of good, maybe even service. Perhaps that is a bit pretentious. If nothing else, perhaps they can be a means of grace to simply deepen my own perception. And I surely am in need of that.