I Face the Sun began in 2011 as a means to share a little positivity in the world. And that does not mean going through life with the old rose-colored glasses on and pretending everything is ducky. Stuff happens. Sometimes horrible stuff. And it can be overwhelming.
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to find things to be grateful for. That doesn’t mean hope is a fantasy. It can sometimes mean a test of faith, but maybe facing struggles and getting through them are the heat and pressure that make carbon a diamond.
I still face the sun. I still choose to be positive. I want to have a few laughs, dance for no particular reason, hug a friend, and share good news in all its forms.
And anyone who chooses to be positive in spite of it all – whatever “it” is – is not a simpleton. It takes a great deal of strength to be grateful when everything is disintegrating.
What you might find new at I Face the Sun is a tweaked focus and a different tone. There will likely be more of an emphasis on faith. When I began this blog, I was on my way back to God. I just didn’t realize it at the time. In 2012, He made it very clear He had plans for me…slightly screwy plans that only He understands. But the short version is I am no longer a freelance editor and writer (although I do want to get back to writing with more regularity). After a brief stop as a full time creative consultant/copywriter, I went to work for my home church and in the process realized I was being called to ordained ministry.
Somewhere in the future is a Master of Divinity and a Master of Theological Studies, a determination if I am an elder or deacon, ordination, and leadership of a church. In my “growing up”, there were many things I wish people had told me about God, faith, the Scriptures, the uniqueness AND common grounds of all religions, and the difference between having religion and having faith.
I’m still a creative writer and a public speaker, I still use my gifts of creative communication, and I’m still very much ME…stupid decisions and all. But I’m starting on a fascinating journey and along the way, I’m sure I’ll share what I’ve discovered. You can agree or not. That’s okay. I’m not out to sway anyone one direction or another. Merely to observe the process and discern out loud for myself, and hopefully find the “wow” in the event.
I Face the Sun is still a Troll Free Zone. There are plenty of other places where you can spew venom if that’s what you want to do. Not on my blog and not on my watch. Thank you.