12.1 Looking for the Light of Advent

Rick Stilwell was a kind, good and generous soul who touched countless lives—including mine—through his vast digital networks. He died unexpectedly last January, and his passing left an un-fillable space in the social media landscape populated by so many of us in the communications industry.

Two years ago I happened to click onto Twitter just after @rickcaffeinated posted this.

Rather randomly, I clicked on the link, which brought me (for the first time) to Winn Collier’s (life-changing) blog and his suggestion to look for the light of Advent, documenting it through daily photo posts on Instagram and Twitter. It was an exercise that totally changed the Advent season for me, opening my heart to the miraculous as the light revealed itself in beautiful and unexpected ways.

I plan to mark this Advent season by once again looking for the light and, this time, sharing my discoveries here each day. I invite you to join me on this most beautiful and soulful of journeys. If you are so inclined, use the hashtag on Instagram and/or Twitter so we can find each other. I’d love to share some of your photos here in the days to come.

#lookingforlightTDG

Keep watch.

12.1 #lookingforlightTDG

The light is coming.

I can already feel it in my heart. The light is coming.

Day 3: Light Is Coming #adventpicaday

It was quite random, as digital connections often are. I happened to click on Twitter, where I happened to see this tweet from @rickcaffeinated, a fellow Columbian who happens to tweet quite a lot.

“Watching for the light” caught my eye. And so I was delighted to click and land here, at Winn Collier’s blog.

In Advent, we watch for Light. We pay attention to rhythm and sound and cadence. Our hearts look for signals. Our hearts lean forward. Light is coming.

today’s light

Winn’s perspective on this season of preparation and anticipation really touched me. I read on to discover his intention to look for images all month long that nudge him “toward hope or joy or light,” to capture those images with his phone’s camera and to share them via instagram and twitter. He provides instructions for getting in on the fun, noting that he’ll choose one photo to post on his blog each day during advent.

A very cool idea, I thought, and promptly tagged #adventpicaday and tweeted a sasanqua photo from my Yuletide post.

Will one of my images ever make it to the featured spot on Winn Collier’s blog? Will one of yours?

It doesn’t really matter. The point is in the looking, hearts attuned, eyes hopeful.

The light is coming.

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