When I began this Hands Free journey nine months ago, I did not know where it would take me.
I didn’t plan to come here, to a place of introspect so deep that it hurts.
But this journey has taught me the most meaningful things come from the unexpected, from the unplanned.
And then there are The Reasons.
There is a reason I decided my journey to grasp what really matters should be open for the whole world to read.
There is a reason I am privy to people’s most inner pain and struggle to find meaning in their life.
And as of late, there is a reason I found myself hugging my daughters against my chest in a dark basement praying for the safety of our lives.
And there is a reason my husband was among the first responders to the destroyed homes and collapsed lives of incredible survivors.
And there is a reason that “Now Is The Time,” the entry posted one day after the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Katrina occurred, has become my most popular post to date.
There is a reason my blog subscriptions have dramatically increased in the past ten days.
There is a reason I wake up at 3:00 a.m. with words so moving that I stumble to the kitchen to write them down.
There is a reason the messages derived from the killer tornados of April 27th are coming faster than I can write them.
And the reason is yet to be revealed.
But I do know one thing: These messages are at the heart of what it means to truly grasp what matters in this precious life that could so easily be gone tomorrow.
And to be changed by them does not require that you survived a tornado, ever witnessed a tornado, or even heard the word “tornado.”
You merely have to have a tiny, yet undeniable inner urge to make the most out of this one life you have to live.
And you do. Because that you are here.
And I hope you will stay as I write these messages that were created in the chaos and rubble of a tornado, and in the hearts and souls of its survivors and angel helpers.
And these life-changing messages will fall into the category, “There Is A Reason.”
These messages will come on no particular day and will be in no particular order. They will come when I least expect them, yet they will come when someone most needs to read them.
They will come simply because I have no other choice than to write them.
And to deny these messages would crush the very heart of what it means to be Hands Free…which is what brought me here in the first place.
And there is a reason.
You may find yourself in a place you didn’t plan to be,
Seeing things about yourself you do not want to see.
But I implore you, even beg you, if I may,
Not to shield your eyes, not to look away.
For it’s when delving deep that a silhouette appears,
An outline created from hidden hurts and darkest fears.
Of the person you have always longed to be,
Through the eye of the storm, we can finally see.
My friends, I hope you will stay to see your silhouette.
There is a reason.
Do you ever feel like your life is a chaotic storm? Do you find the way you live your life in conflict with what your heart and soul truly feel is important? Do you ever long for a “wake up call” about just how precious each moment here on earth REALLY is? Well, I didn’t plan to come here on this journey, but my eyes have been opened. And I am not going to look away.
Where I am going is painful; it is not pretty, but through it I am gaining momentum against the excessive distraction that blinds me from what really matters. Through the eye of the storm, I am able to see.
I hope you will stick by my side. Together we will get to the heart of the matter. And that is where I long to be. How about you?