Over the course of the past year and a half, there has been one word that has made a huge impact on my life.

This word is small, just 3 letters.  I used it a bazillion times a day without giving it thought…until a year and a half ago.  In fact, this word had soon become so significant for me that I had it engraved on a necklace that I wear often.  The word?


Powerful, isn’t it?  Okay, I realize at first glance it is a dull and without-pizazz-sort-of-word.

Within the next month I will share more in-depth how this word came to mean so much to me…but today, I will simply share…today.

Today, the word {and} helps me understand how I can feel two very real, yet seemingly contradictory emotions at once.  These 3 simple letters tie together the excitement {and} the fears that I am feeling regarding my whirlwind life the past couple weeks.

You see, for my entire life I never really understood how ONE heart could feel both happiness {and} sadness at once.  Impossible! I would tell myself.  How could ONE heart feel acceptance {and} rejection in the same moment?  You never hear anyone describe themselves as a “loving hateful person.”  No.  They cannot co-exist…{silence}…can they?

Since a very influential person in my life introduced the word {and} to me in regards to emotions, I have breathed much deeper, slept much better, and understood my soul in a more complete way.  As humans, we can feel very, very conflicting emotions at once.  Who knew?  Well, probably all of you.  I’m a little slow to pick up on these things…

I am moving to Denver {and} I am moving away from Minneapolis.  Both are true.

I have never been so excited about a new chapter of life {and} I have never been so anxious about a new chapter of life.  Both are true.

I feel very confident, very brave…{and} I feel very insecure, very small.  Both are true.

I trust the Lord wholeheartedly {and} my heart doesn’t always do what it’s supposed to do.  Both are true.

Can you see why I adore the word?  It connects two truths that at first glance, seem impossible to connect.  Tomorrow morning at 8:30am begins a new life for me.  It can’t come soon enough…


do I have to go?

2 comments On {and}

  • Yes, go! What a great journey you have ahead of you. Probably filled with difficulties AND blessings. Love these thoughts AND love your new banner. I have a feeling that, My Kind of Witty- Dalbo Edition wouldn’t sound as cool. 🙂

  • the other night Bill and I got an unexpected date…as we drove to Blaine I was bawling about all sorts of things and then I said “and one of my best friends is moving to DENVER!! {and} I am NOT ok with this”

    but I don’t think thats how you meant it to be used


    ok, the right way would be {and} I am thrilled for you

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