In April 2016, I slipped a folded 8 1/2" by 11" piece of copy paper into the staff lounge mailbox of the principal of my school, a.k.a., my boss at the time. There was a small, no-doubt shaky check-mark at the bottom left next to the line that said "I do not plan to return for the 2016-2017 school year. Please consider my position a vacancy."
Uncertainty was leaking from every pore, but my heart-- she knew what she was doing.
Shortly thereafter, I wrote down 13 words, rather inconsequently, that have since become a mission statement of sorts for me: that the line between who you are and what you do becomes blurred.
I've done a lot of thinking over the last few months (What is this thing I write every week? Who are you? What do you want to read? Why do I want to write?) and after much contemplation & feedback (of which I'm greatly appreciative) I'm happy to introduce: The Line.
This "thing I write" is intended to be a weekly reminder, wake-up call, reality check, and, often, a shaking of the shoulders saying, "Hey you! Look at your life for a minute!" I received feedback that some posts were aggressive, harsh or felt pushy. Of course, I never inherently want my words to be aggressive, but pushy... I can handle.
The Line is about making you stop & look at the line between WHO YOU ARE & HOW YOU ARE LIVING. We were not created to live with such a line. If that's pushy, I don't apologize, because if pushing people to blur that line is what I get to do, I'm happier for it.
So many of us (myself included) live daily in a way that is in direct conflict with who we really are, what we really want, how we really feel. We silence words, swallow feelings, put hopes & dreams on the back burner.
And it's not what we're here for.
I hope you'll continue to enjoy the blog (nothing's changing but the title & a few tweaks per your requests) and consider sharing it with friends, colleagues, family members, or your internet friends. We could all use a little wake-up call every now and then, and The Line is just that. Forward this post to a friend & encourage them to subscribe, or hit reply to this email & let me know what you think about the birth of The Line.
Thanks for reading and, in turn, allowing me to further blur the line between WHO I am and HOW I am living.