This is 31 Conversations from the front porch introduction – 31 days of thoughts and questions, wondering and wandering our way through the conversations I have had or would like to have on the front porch.
These are the things I am learning or have learned.
These are the questions I am asking and answers I am seeking.
These are my struggles and where I have found success.
Join me. Stumble along with me….
An Introduction: The Front Porch State of Mind
I tend to avoid scary or intense movies. Whenever I watch a suspenseful movie or television show with my husband we often have to press pause for a “commercial break” when the story line gets too overwhelming. I press pause, fold some laundry, clean the kitchen, grab a snack, and then settle back into the drama.
I have learned that there is nothing wrong with needing to press the pause button – on life or on relationships no matter where we happen to be in the present moment.
Having and using your own personal life pause button is essential to self-care.
And self-care is an important, but often overlooked ingredient to living a wholehearted, healthy life.
For the month of October I am utilizing the pause button with 31 conversations from the front porch.
These are the chats I have had with others, with myself, with God from the front porches of my youth and present.
These are conversations that have made me pause where I am and what I am living to focus on what really matters.
Pressing pause in the moment helps me to navigate the future with confidence…If I already know what I believe, where I stand with myself and God before moving forward – then I am more likely to be exactly where I am intended to be.
Knowing who and what and how and why you are before you start – makes finding the wholehearted places easier.
I have learned to listen here and to seek the deep places of my soul here.
So Welcome to 31 conversations from the front porch as we take a few moments to press pause on life.
Why the Front Porch?
First let me introduce you to the front porch. This is where I spend most Sunday mornings – with a mug of something hot, a book, a journal, and a pile of pens. Sometimes I am fortunate enough to have someone on the porch with me and other times I am grateful to have the space all to myself.
The front porch is more than a place. It is a state of mind.
“Solitude is more a state of mind and heart than it is a place. There is a solitude of the heart that can be maintained at all times. Crowds, or the lack of them, have little to do with this inward attentiveness… But if we possess inward solitude we do not fear being alone, for we know that we are not alone. Neither do we fear being with others, for they do not control us. In the midst of noise and confusion we are settled into a deep inner silence. Whether alone or among people, we always carry with us a portable sanctuary of the heart” (Richard Foster).
The front porch is where I find communion with God, the universe, nature, myself, and other people.
It is a place of refuge.
It is solitude in its purest form.
The front porch is the safest place to own your story.
It is where I can safely slow my life – no matter who is watching.
It is where I find sanity. It is where I find peace.
Over the next 31 days I will tell you stories and share my doubts, fears, and dreams from my perch on the porch. Each day will also include journal questions, quotes, exercises, prayers and/or images to help you on your own front porch state of mind journey.
From the Front Porch,
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