I'm decorating my home and tree today for Christmas. I know many of you do it too right after Thanksgiving. I can't wait to pop the tops off my bins and discover what's been stored in them--for three years.
That's right. I haven't decorated for Christmas since my daughter got married and moved to the west coast. No--before you wonder if I'm morbid or something, I did spend Christmas one year in Seattle and another year in PA but the days leading up to my travel, I kept the house bare.
Why bother? I thought. No one's going to see it. All our family lives far away and it's just my husband and I. We can enjoy the decorations at Christmas in the homes we visit without the effort.
My misguided decision now reminds me of when my daughter played softball. She'd often suit up and have to sit the bench as second string. But we encouraged her to play anyways because we told her she never knew when she would be called in to pinch hit.
A couple of posts ago, a blogger left this comment: After receiving too many rejection letters, I decided that I just don't have it in me any more to be told no thanks.
It broke my heart to read the words but at the same time made me think. My decision to not fully enjoy the holidays because my daughter isn't here anymore is actually living on the sidelines of life.
Choosing not to exercise a writing gift for fear of failure and rejection is living on the sidelines of writing. And that is as sad as my not dealing with my new empty nest.
The day will come when like the coach who finally put my daughter on first base and discovered her gift for catching, an editor will discover an article or manuscript that crosses his desk and send the email every writer hopes for. But unless we play--we'll miss that blessing.
So I'm going to decorate my table with a candy cane centerpiece and wrap garland around my dining room post. But the best news is I said yes to hosting our Sunday School party on Friday night here.
Are you suiting up and getting off the sidelines with not only your writing but life too? I hope so!