I’ve known today’s writer since 1996, which, by the way, is the beginnings of a long time if you actually do the math. Kristalyn was my work crew boss, which in Young Life-speak, means intentional, fabulous, Call You On Your Crap and walk-alongside mentor for three weeks while volunteering laborious hours at a summer camp. But now we’re grown-up friends, cheering each other on in our own writing endeavors – so without further adieu, be inspired and head on over to Something New today!
Something New everyday, yes everyday.
And you know why I do it?
To create community.
To connect community.
To know my community.
It’s a connection point with old friends, “Let’s meet at the new coffee shop.”
It’s a meeting ground for new acquaintances: “Come here often?”
It’s a new worldview, whether a book, a cultural fest or going somewhere where blog readers don’t usually go. To see a side of life through the eyes of someone I may not have ever run into if I stick to a daily routine.
It’s to take me off my bum, away from the computer and into the world of real people. (I am a writer so I have a lot of conversations with imaginary people!)
Because community consists of real people – hurting, helpless, happy, hungry – sometimes doing Something New is super easy, enjoyable and I get a feeling like “I belong here. I could do this again.”
Other times it’s like, “Holy heck, get me out of here now!”
Sometimes it’s no big deal.
Sometimes it takes five minutes.
Other times it’s life-changing.
Whatever the outcome may be of doing Something New, it’s a conversation starter, a touch point, a story to be told later, an opportunity to make someone else the expert, time to share with those known and unknown.
Sometimes it’s not necessarily the doing Something New that affects me, it’s the being with while doing the Something New that affects me.
And that is what being in community is all about.
Do Something New today AND take someone with you –
– to see the world anew – for adventure – to be delighted – because it’s okay to be uncomfortable – because there is so much to behold, taste, see, smell, hear, touch – to discover – for fun – to be surprised – to observe – to appreciate – to understand – to love – to learn – to question – to realize – to seek truth – to live life to the fullest – to try a new ice cream flavor – to be together – to be a part of community.
When was the last time you did Something New?
Want to try Something New together?!
Thank you again, Kristalyn. I’m certainly inspired to step out of my own comfort zones and do and be and try something new! If you’re just stopping by here for the first time, consider continuing to cheer Cara on in her writing by becoming a Facebook fan of be, mama. be, or better yet, by subscribing to receive each email in your inbox by heading to the Home Page and clicking on the “subscribe” button in the left-hand column. It matters – thank you!0