Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How Do You Wish to be Brave?

This week Jamie of Wishcasting Wednesdays, asks us, How Do You Wish to Be Brave?

At the beginning of the year, the word I chose to define this year was BRAVE. After all, I was enrolled in Brave Girls Camp for the wonderful Soul Restoration, and I felt truly ready to fly, ready to take off. I knew that I was going to need to be brave on my journey.

Well, the Universe has certainly presented me with some very intense ways of building bravery. First, I was layed off from my day job. No more steady paycheck.  Then, shortly after that I received a letter informing me that my mammogram results recommended further followup. After another mammogram and ultrasounds, a breast biopsy was recommended. Then, as I went to seek refuge at my parents place down South, and lay low until the results came back, my father informs me that my mother has also been undergoing biopsies of her own and has been diagnosed with colon cancer, requiring surgery ASAP.

Talk about being Brave! How? I wish to be brave in the face of change. Life has a wonderfully scary way of changing, and sometimes, often times, in the most unexpected directions. I wish to be brave in those moments. To be brave no matter what happens. To be brave in thinking, I'll handle whatever comes. To be brave enough to tell someone I love, we'll handle whatever comes, no matter what.

And I thought I needed to be Brave to take flight in my art career, to put myself out there. Oh, how that seems so light and fanciful compared to the challenges that have brushed up against me.

FYI, my biopsy came back benign and my mother is recovering remarkably well. The above painting was something I did to commemorate this event in my life. I incorporated a love note from my husband that he left for me the day the results were due back and the words in graphite....the biopsy is benign.

Be BRAVE. Be Kind.


  1. As you wish for yourself I also wish for you. Trisha Air Kisses! Muah!

  2. PS I am a fellow Brave Girl

  3. What an incredible set of experiences you have just gone through. Life can certainly take some unexpected twists and turns. I am so glad that everything is turning out well for you and your mom. Your wishes are both very wise and brave. As Shari wishes for herself, I wish for her as well.

  4. Wow... what a lot. But be brave. As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you also.

  5. Wow, Shari, you were given a lot to deal with all at once! Your post sure put things in perspective for me...

    As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you as well. :)

  6. It appears you have already lived your word for the year! I think your wish of bravery has already been granted. Bless you. As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you!!

  7. I've found a word of the year to be powerful. You never know what "opportunities" will arise throughout the year that challenge you to live your word. I'm happy for you that everything is turning out well. As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you also.

  8. what great news! and so glad your mom is recovering well also. scary stuff.


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