I’m getting ready to share with you all about our October Brave Girl Camp….from my perspective, but I especially want to share the words and photos that many of the graduates have been sharing on their blogs….before I begin, though…
I want to share something first about what I am feeling as I look over the photos from camp…not just THIS camp, but all of the camps we have had so far….something huge is standing out for me….I want to tell you about something that makes me happier than happy….and it’s so simple really…so simple that I don’t understand why it doesn’t happen more often….because it seems to make everyone happy that sees it or does it….I am thinking right now about how often it happens at Brave Girl Camp…and then, after…how each group continues to be in each other’s lives in the most positive ways….it is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING.
What is this simple thing? Well…I love when I see people lifting the spirits of other people….especially when those doing the lifting have heavy burdens of their own. The miraculous part of it all is that when we lift the burdens of others….somehow OURS are lifted…and for a moment…no one is carrying a burden. It is one of the crazy miracles of life.
People often come to camp full of lots of brokenness, hauling around pain and trials that are so heavy, sometimes they have been lugging these enormous weights for a lifetime. Within the first 24 hours….I see these broken people all doing everything they can to put each other back together. I think that’s why so much happens so fast there….because there’s so much beautiful-ness coming from so many women in every direction…and it just HAPPENS….no one tells anyone to do it…they just do….it is a miracle that I wish I knew the formula to…because the world would be a different place if we all treated each other the way I see women treating each other at every single camp.
I always always always hear at least a few BGC attendees….often many more than a few….comment on how they have rarely been in a group of women that whose main intentions are to lift each other up, rather than tear each other down.
Why is that? Why is it that we hold all of this power in us…as women….to really lift each other up…to encourage, to remind, to support, to love and adore without conditions or expectations? We have all of this enormous power to actually HEAL each other!!! And yet, it often goes unused….and even sometimes that power gets used to destroy rather than to build. We have so much responsibility with this gift we have been given.It once again makes me want to try harder. It makes me want to reach out more and more and more. It makes me want to truly truly truly SEE more people…not just LOOK…but really SEE who they are what they are about….and if they can’t see all of that beauty that’s inside of them…I want to do all that I can to show them. Because I have seen what kind of miracles can happen.
It teaches me once again that in times of burden and hardship and pain….one of the fastest ways to be relieved of the weight of it all is to lift another person up….it is like their lifted iron burdens become a magnet that swoops our own heavy metal burdens up with theirs…..until we are all light and free…………
It’s a beautiful thing. I hope we can all do more of it. I hope that more than I hope for just about anything in the world.
*all of these photos were taken by beautiful brave girls…I will be sharing their blog posts with you next!!!
More to come!