Letter from the Director, February 2021

A Love Letter to the Colony for the Month of Love

I’m lucky. I don’t deny it. Though directing this place is, at times, a little like juggling crystal goblets filled with water, I’m fully aware of my bounty. This month, the month we show appreciation for the blessings of love, allow me to share a director’s view of some of the most beloved and lovely things about Rockvale. This is what I love:

  1. I love the skies – from the flaming orange and pink sunrises to deep starlit midnights to cerulean blue afternoons, the sky at the colony is always a delight. Look up!
  2. I love the quiet – Our rural corner of Williamson County is tucked away from the rush and noise of the city. It’s a different world out here – one that doesn’t demand anything but offers tranquility to all who visit.
  3. I love writers – I love the conversations I get to have with writers. I’m in awe of their passion for their work, for the intensity of their work ethic, for the kindness and gratitude they show me.
  4. I love writing – I feel affection and pride for the work of the writers who stay at the colony. When a writer has a grand success, a launch of a new book or project, I want to shout with joy! (and I often do!)
  5. I love nature – Plants, mammals, insects, amphibians, reptiles. All are alive and wondrous to view and investigate. Even when I have to trap and relocate a groundhog or coax a brown thrasher out of the garage, I’m grateful to be surrounded by the beauty and variety of life.
  6. I love the trails – Each one is a different journey, a unique gift. They were made purposefully with attention to the contours of the land. They were made with love, for love, because of love.

Have you thought about what you love lately? Maybe it’s time to take a brief moment and acknowledge the pieces of your life that deserve your devotion. Love is one of those things that changes you, that moves you along the line towards your best self. I know it’s an overused word with a variety of meanings, but real love, deep and meaningful appreciation and devotion, is not common or cliche. It’s always on the cutting edge.

Try something with me. For no other reason than to celebrate the month of February, make a list of 6 things/people you really love, that delight you so much you smile immediately when you think of them. (I hope writing is on your list!) For the rest of the month, allow yourself the indulgence of loving these things boldly, loudly, joyfully. What if we all made love a habit. What a world we’d have then!

Blessings and love,