Shoot like a Girl | Happy


Day 38: CasaRock #kitchentherapy

I looked around at the countertops filled with preparations for a party – the menu was scribbled on a piece of paper next to a jar of olives, cheese with freshly baked crostini, and carrots that would be roasted with orange and thyme. It was all to say “thank you” to a community of people who have walked a lot of cracked and blooming earth with me, and I wanted the time around the table to be precious for them.


The centerpiece was a cake – layers of champagne-infused pastry and buttercream. I held the sparkling sugar high to sprinkle it delicately over the top – and lost my breath when a rush of green poured out. “Can you make something of this?” I asked our houseguest – an adopted son of sorts with a perpetual smile and a heart willing to help. He set to work, carefully coaxing the mishap into motion and movement like fingerpaint.

“Oh my, it’s beautiful now.” I said. “It’s truly beautiful now.”

He smiled. “Happy accident.” And so it was – a most fortunate misfortune, an opportunity for what was wrong to be made even an even better right.


Perhaps this world needs more opportunities to fingerpaint mishaps into beauty. Maybe we all need more happy accidents.


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About Ronne Rock

LIFE. LOVE. LEADERSHIP. AND A LITTLE #KITCHENTHERAPY. Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems." 

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