17 December 2012

One Foot In Front Of The Other

When we are shaken to our core, we aren't taught how to pick ourselves up off the floor. The world keeps spinning, faster and faster and faster until it's nearly impossible to decipher top from bottom, left from right.

We try to regain a sense of normalcy. We pick up a camera, fry an egg, take a walk to the park, go to a friend's home for Sunday brunch, watch a comedian on the television. Slowly, the seconds turn into minutes and then hours and then days, and we learn to put one foot in front of the other.

We return to our jobs and our lives and our families and we move forward. We gather our people and we laugh and we cry and we run and we scream and we play and we rest. We place groceries in cupboards, laundry in baskets, and we heat up the kettle for an evening cup of tea.

We lift ourselves up because we know that we can. We know that we must.

We cling to words like grace and kindess and tolerance and peace and hope and love because if we don't, we know that we will destroy each other.

We watch the sun rise and we watch the moon hang and when we are not watching, we close our eyes and we dream.

We begin conversations about changing people's minds, people's hearts, people's beliefs, people's values, people's demons. We know that the road is long. But we know that the road is there.

One foot in front of the other. We will find our way.


  1. Thank you for this, Kayla. Beautifully written.

  2. So beautifully put in words....

  3. Love it, Kayla! And you say "we"...You're absolutely right. Together, we will keep doing the next thing! Together, we will continue to live the lives that have been given to us. Hopefully, together, we will make a difference in this world.

    May we all, see and savor Jesus in a new way this Christmas season. That is my hope and prayer. After last week, it means even more to me!

  4. So simple, so very powerful. This is beautifully written Kayla, and it makes me cry.

  5. It's been a tough few days. Thanks for this post. The photos are beautiful. xoxo

  6. just discovered your lovely blog. your sincerity is truly genuine and heartfelt. and warms my heart, as it probably did for other readers. thank you.


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