Dear Story Collectors,
I write this letter during one of my favorite weeks of the year: the week between. It’s the last week of the calendar year, and it holds reflection and possibility. I’ve been thinking hard about SOS Magic, and decided a decision needed to be made.
Often in life when I don’t know what choice to make, I write. I began this letter unsure of how it might unfold. The truth is I feel like a failure when it comes to this space.
Recently I was reading a familiar passage of scripture in a different version from what I normally read. This sentence wrapped around me:
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.Matthew 11:28-30, The Message
I’ve been challenging myself to extend the unforced rhythms of grace to my own soul. I read the original invitation of SOS Magic to Story Collectors and was struck by these words:
This isn’t a challenge or a competition. This isn’t something we track. This isn’t something to join, which means it isn’t something to fail.You’re Invited: Link to the original invitation
If any Story Collector told me they feel like they should quit writing because they’ve been stumbling along the journey, I would be aghast. I would tell them the perfect place to begin again is with SOS Magic. It’s the purpose behind this space: a place to share our stories and connect to other story collectors so that magic pulses around the globe. It’s a project that means a lot to me.
Perhaps I can extend the same unforced rhythms of grace to myself?
In the same spirit as the original invitation, I am throwing an SOS out into the world.
This is an invitation.
An invitation for those who discover the magic of stories because you write.
An invitation for those who know the magic of stories because you used to write.
An invitation for those who want to know the magic of stories because you imagine being a story collector and sometimes you imagine being a writer.
An invitation for those who wish they could know the magic of stories, but feel like there’s never a story to tell. This is especially an invitation for you.
It is not a secret that I’ve struggled to stack words on my blog or maintain weekly invitations to SOS Magic. Beating myself up for falling short is not going to make the posts magically appear. Giving up on writing or giving up on inviting others to write is not going to make my life better.
Thinking there is no more grace available for Story Collectors to extend to me is just plain silly. 2021 has been a year where I’ve been forced to established a new normal. In some ways I did it well, while in other ways it left a bit to be desired.
We begin again. On January 6, 2022, Invitation No. 70 will be extended. You can expect an invitation each week. I look forward to the surge of magic that will greet us by beginning again (only better this time).