Every time I get ready to write about what I am going to risk for our monthly check in this comes to mind.
What would you ask a chef about making food for a celebration?
Josiah: I have no idea.
What would you risk?
Me: I have no idea.
It’s called: let’s go with that, because I don’t want to write the real answer even though I know it. Amy challenged me to finish a writing project in fiction. That is my risk rejection, to focus on this project when I’m off from work this summer. I want to have a rough draft to show her by September… I need to stop saying I’m going to do it and actually do it.
I say I have no idea, because it scares me so much. I feel not good enough, and maybe it won’t be. I would rather say I tried. Yes, that is really true. I would rather risk rejection than to have always wondered.
People who have inspired me to risk rejection recently.
Sarah Thebarge, the author of The Invisible Girls, if you read any memoir this year, I highly recommend this one. She is a beautiful writer and spirit. Let’s talk facing aggressive breast cancer in your twenties, and afterward leaving your successful career, ivy league education, and failed relationship for a different coast. Sarah sought to heal her wounded heart. Enter refugee Hadhi and her five daughters. In the book Sarah is not afraid to ask why of God. She is also not afraid to share how placing herself in proximity to this refugee family revived her faith. I read it in one night. That good. You can also listen to an audio interview she did with Amy earlier this year.
Editorial Director of Baker Books, and blogger who encourages creativity, Chad Allen, introduced a fortieth birthday challenge last month. He is seeking to raise $40,000 for Heartline Ministries in Haiti, helping Moms and babies, and also jump out of an airplane. #Jump4Haiti is his year long mission. Read more about the trip that inspired this risk. I know I will be supporting this gutsy goal.
What will you be risking in the coming months?