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Mile One (Brave Every Day Series)

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There is a long stretch of country road across Kentucky where the hills are many and the gas stations few. I’m only a minute or two headed west when I spot a marker. Mile 1.

Years of road trips have trained me to keep my eyes open for the passing numbers. A way to track progress towards an anticipated exit. A way of knowing where I am in the world.

So a few minutes later I glance to the side of the road again. Mile 1.

Yes. Again.

Over the course of the next hour or so I pass Mile 1 no less than 5 more times. While driving in a straight line.

I was confused at first.

Then annoyed. Then angry.

How could I be moving — and making absolutely no progress?

Starting over. And over. It’s pure exhaustion.

And then I heard the whisper.  “New every morning.”

What if Mile 1 was an invitation to start fresh? To wipe the slate clean? To wash off the dirt of the road behind me and move forward without baggage.

What if these signs aren’t meant as altars to my progress and are instead opportunities for grace? No matter how many times I have to start again at Mile 1?

What if I had the courage to keep driving, not knowing how many more Mile 1 markers I might face? Could I be Brave Every Day?

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This post is a Mile 1 of sorts. It’s been weeks since my last blog entry. And even that was a re-post. So months is a more accurate measure of my absence from writing. Not just publishing, but nearly all kinds of writing. Which, I have learned, is not a particularly healthy state of my soul.

Moving forward from Mile 1 — while knowing it’s extremely likely there is another Mile 1 in the future is an act of hope. Of faith. Of mustard seed faith. A small planting of courage that may just bloom into brave.

A little Brave. Every day.

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brave-squareIn response to the 31 Day blogging challenge, I will be publishing EVERY DAY in October — reporting on ways I reach out to bravery in my everyday life. (See all posts to date HERE.) To be alerted to new posts, please follow me on Facebook or Twitter using the links on the right side of this page. Or Subscribe to get posts sent to your Email.

PLEASE use the comment section to share your own thoughts, questions, or experiences of everyday bravery. It’s a road better traveled with friends.

12 Responses to “Mile One (Brave Every Day Series)”

  1. Barbara says:

    Oh yes! New every morning! Whether another Mile 1, or another Day…we ARE given that opportunity, aren’t we?!

    Trying to get in a little reading tonight!!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Barbara recently posted…Day 13 – 2015 – PATIENCEMy Profile

  2. Barbara says:

    Oh yes! New every morning! Whether another Mile 1, or another Day…we ARE given that opportunity, aren’t we?!

    Trying to get in a little reading tonight!!
    Barbara recently posted…Day 13 – 2015 – PATIENCEMy Profile

  3. JoNell says:

    I’m so glad that you are writing again! You always seem to speak to me! Thank you!

  4. Nifty Betty says:

    I’m finding my brave too! I love that you touch on having a fresh start each day! If we view each day this way, and look at yesterday as a learning experience, we will be able to move forward with bravery.

  5. Sharon says:

    I’m glad to read your words again – they always bless me, encourage me, inspire me. Just yesterday I was bemoaning the fact that I have gained back all the weight that I so diligently lost 6 years ago. I feel mired in discouragement, disappointment – and quite frankly, I’ve been so critical of myself. However, today can be my Mile 1 – and I can keep going forward, even with setbacks…

    Thank you for reminding me of that!

    GOD BLESS!

    • Beth says:

      Your encouragement means so much, Sharon. It’s so easy to believe that writing doesn’t matter to other people. Or that past mistakes determine our future path. Please keep going, friend.

  6. Loisann says:

    Beth – Writing does set you free doesn’t it. (? or . at the end of that sentence – probably needs a comma too.)
    OK not so free…….unless I can let me need to know punctuation go.
    Also, I am stuck on why there were so many Mile 1 signs.
    did it ever make sense to you? I need to know because those quirky little things intrigue me and make things interesting. I’ll likely be checking in every day and making comments that are somehow relevant to me. I love you – Aunt Loisann

    • Beth says:

      I still have NO idea why there are so many Mile 1 markers on that same stretch of road. A part of me is convinced if I were to drive it again the signs would be different. Maybe it was my message on my day. Thank you for reading. I love you, too.

  7. Faith R says:

    I’m writing about being brave too!! I LOVE this analogy of mile one and starting each day with fresh grace – how I so need it!!
    Faith R recently posted…31 Days of Brave: Day 1My Profile

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