Monday, May 16, 2011

how julia does it

oh, julia. how does one sum up julia in just a paragraph? julia's the one who took me on a 6 mile hike that i'm pretty certain put me into labor. she dragged me through my first, and second, marathons. she ventured to china with me where she even sampled a fish - a great fear of hers. she is an amazing photographer who has forever captured some incredible shots of my family. whatever julia does, she does 110 percent. 

here's how julia does it...

I can remember many times in my life where I’ve felt like I’ve been standing at the edge of all light, a great and unknown darkness.  It’s been a darkness, more often times than not, that I want to sink in to, even surrender to, but I’ve been so afraid, so afraid of what I don’t know and what I can’t control.  

But the most fulfilling and defining moments of my life truly have been when I’ve stepped into that darkness with one small and simple step.  Those defining steps have brought me more light and joy than I could have possibly imagined.  

So that’s how I do it.  I remember.  I remember the moments of fear and trepidation, the moments where I’ve lacked faith and trust.  And then I remember the light after the darkness, no matter how long the walk, and I willingly step again knowing that joy, personal growth and fulfillment will absolutely come.

7 comments:

ed and kelli said...

simple and to the point. i love it julia. i still, one day, will get the pleasure of having you photograph my family with your AMAZING skills!

Shannon said...

So true. Reminds me of a fabulous talk on faith from Elder Bednar (then President Bednar at Ricks College). Faith is taking that step out into the darkness and knowing that the light will follow.

Kaylynn said...

Love it! Thanks, Julia.

Julia Wade said...

thanks for the opportunity to write mare. xoxo

Molly said...

I REALLY like this. But what I like about it is that it's intriguing and yet not familiar to me at all. I don't remember ever taking a step into darkness. I'm not sure if that makes any sense. Sure, I've dont lots of things in my time that were stepping out into the unknown, but they never really struck me as such.

Do I not fear the unknown? Or just not recognize it? Or do I not act on faith as much as I should? Do I play it safe? I'm not sure it's any of those things.

Hmmmm. This is really fun to think about. Perhaps I just don't think through things long enough to realize that I am about to take that step. Ha!

Gosh, I could think about and analyze this all day! You've stumped me!

Jenny said...

thanks for this reminder that we all must step in the darkness sometimes

t.t.turner said...

Beautifully written. I love your emphasis on remembering. If I didn't remember past experiences where I've made it through the darkness, I don't know where I would get the strength to do it again.