Today we have the joy of revisiting some inspiring words from one of our first time retreaters. Glenyss joined us in 2018, and shared with the group her love of travel, writing and photography, along with her blog Only on Tuesday.
Describing herself as "... a mother and grandmother who loves discovering beauty in unexpected places.", Glenyss stepped outside of her comfort zone to attend Sydney Artists Retreat, and then wrote about her experience in her blog post "It is a risky business"- here are some excerpts from the post
"It was a big step for someone on the far end of the introversion spectrum. Spending four days at an Artist’s Retreat with 24 people I’ve never met; challenging to say the least. But clicking submit on the online registration, I felt a rush of excited anticipation … new ideas, fresh inspiration and maybe a kindred spirit or two. Everything seemed possible.
As I drove to the top of the mountain where all good retreats reside, the nagging question refused to be silenced, “Why ever did you think this was a good idea?” It shouted all the louder as I met the most talented and inspirational people and so many of them were extraverts; spontaneous, fun-loving and bubbly … everything I wish I could be."
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"No day was easy for me but every day was filled with inspiration and wonder … music, art, dance, poetry, writing, photography. A mind-blowing diversity and quality of talent in that small group, but the one thing that stood out above everything else was the shared love of God. And not just in rich times of worship, but in the care and lived-out love that permeated the day to day."
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"I left the retreat yesterday feeling thankful and privileged to have been a part of it; with new ideas, fresh inspiration and having found a few kindred spirits. I left affirmed in my own gifting but aware that for me, courage may be the greatest gift of all. Beyond fear lies the unchartered waters of our potential. Without courage we will never know what we are truly capable of."
You can read the full post here on Glenyss' blog Only on Tuesday, and also check out her photography and other posts.