Thursday, January 5, 2012

Inspiration from Sarah Kay part II

Today is the second part of Tuesday's post inspired by a rising poet and performance artist, Sarah Kay. Go here to see part one and hear her talk on TED including two fabulous spoken word poems.

Sarah talks about using lists to find stories and start poems when she teaches through Project V.O.I.C.E. I thought it'd be neat to try it. So here's the topic "10 things I know to be true." Leave your list in the comments, please! Be real - if it's what you know, no one should judge you for it. So say what you really want to say.

What I want us to notice is the four intersections that Sarah mentions: when someone has something similar to one of yours, something completely opposite, something you've never heard of before and something you thought you knew everything about, but they have a different angle or viewpoint. I think this is a great way to delve into what you're passionate about...who knows where these ideas might take you!

Here's the 10 things that I know to be true:
1) Jesus lives and loves me (why He does, I cannot fully grasp or fathom!)
2) My husband loves me (why he does, I cannot imagine!)
3) I love my family and choose everyday to continue to love them more
4) My children need me, in a primal, emotional, spiritual way that amazes me and terrifies me
5) I have a purpose on this earth
6) My time on this earth short
7) Every opportunity, every moment, will be taken or lost
8) Natural childbirth hurts, but holding that baby makes it worth it
9) Eventually, the morning dawns, summer blossoms, and joy returns
10) Health feels better than indulgence

To inspire you and your list, here's a quote from C.S. Lewis on knowing something to be true. "Now the art of holding on to the things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes."


  1. Aloha Jenna,

    OK, I'll give it a shot...

    1. God is good, and all the time... God is good.

    2. I never thought I'd a father...

    3. ...yet here I am, a "Papa" to three boys!

    4. I never thought I could be a loving husband...

    5. ...yet here we are about to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. (Sweethie, why are you running away like that...)

    6. I never thought I would be a good writer...

    7. ...yet here I am, happy with my small piece of Blogosphere pie...(burp)

    8. I never thought I was worthy...

    9. ...yet the pain inflicted by others only makes me stronger.

    10. I never thought I'd be happy, but I am :)

  2. Sounds like some good truths to hold onto:)