Last year I lost a very special friend named Sara, affectionately named Gitzengirl who taught me how to Choose Joy.
Not a day goes by where I don’t think of Sara, or get to share her story, or carry her with me into something that I’m doing.
Saturday, we were shooting a wedding and one of the photographers asked me about the Choose Joy tattoo on my wrist… and right there in the middle of the event I found sweet Sara showing up as I reflected on her, shared her story, and just enjoyed remembering her.
Coming home, I dipped back into her blog because her sister and friend Shannon have continued to post, and I discovered that I had missed a couple posts. One of the posts was a 30 minute video that (In)Courage put together for the (in)RL conference a few weeks ago.
To say it wrecked me is an understatement
I went through half a box of tissues. Yet it so perfectly explains how Gitz had such an impact and why she became – and continues to be – so important in my life and the lives of countless others.
Her friend Shannon says it best:
Sara’s Story is one that we all need to share from the rooftops. Her faith, love for others, trust in the unknown, heart joy…these parts of Sara? They leap through the screen and into your heart while viewing…all while breaking it a bit all over again too. Go look in the mirror. There’s a piece of her woven into you, too.
When I look back at the end of my life… my prayer is that I can leave a legacy as powerful as Sara’s…