I am looking for stability, for peace, for clarity in this world. I am looking for God. That is why I create and why I look for beauty. Each day I comb through bookshelves for poems, notice wildflowers, savor color, compliment people on their lovely attire. This searching, a search for beauty and meaning is at its core a search for God. Beauty is an anchor to hold me steady in the waves of wind and rain here in the Pacific Northwest.
Today, I had coffee with a senior from the University of Washington in Seattle who will be graduating in six weeks. Teary eyed, she told me about her plans for next year. Her plans sounded solid: look for a job, live with friends, keep moving toward her five-year goals. But the tears in her eyes spoke louder than her words. She was overwhelmed by what’s ahead. Frankly, she has every reason to be.
This fall I’m heading to Seattle to begin graduate school. My impending transition has made me acutely aware of my inability to do everything (or anything, it seems) on my own. I am beginning to accept the fact that when it comes down to it I am needy. My American sensibilities are trying to rebel because I want to believe I can do everything on my own, but deep down I know it’s not true. I know that as a child of God I was made to receive love, support, and let’s face it, practical help!
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