December 31, 2012 – the last day of the year and the eve of a new beginning. A time to reflect.
I started last year in a place of loss and uncertainty. In January I chose the word Thrive as my word for the year. It was my hope, not my reality as the year began. Looking back I realize that I have come a long way; and, I can claim that I am thriving both personally and professionally. It is interesting how this change in my life has occurred little by little, day by day. Change I really hadn’t noticed and could have easily missed. Change for which I am grateful.
In thinking about selecting a word for 2013, the word that keeps coming to me is acceptance. At first it just did not seem to fit, but I could not shake it. This weekend I spent some time playing with paint, paper and glue. Through my creative process, I allowed this word to speak its truth to my heart.
The first piece was a mixed media canvas. It reminds me to let go and accept things as they are. As I was working on it, I was reminded of an experience I had many years ago. I was sitting on a rock in the middle of a little stream in the North Georgia mountains with a journal and a pencil in my hand. As I sat surrounded by a beautiful scene and the peaceful sound of the water, the thought that came to me was that I often find myself swimming upstream as I go through my life. If I allow myself to let go, I can use the energy swirling around me to carry me along on my journey rather than exhausting myself fighting against my life experiences. Perhaps this year I can relax a little and allow myself to let go and accept my own process each day.
Later in the weekend I worked on these art journal pages. I like to think that I usually approach others in an accepting loving manner; however, in reality with the people that matter to me the most, the people I love the most, I sometimes find myself feeling impatient and frustrated. I find it difficult to allow them to find their way trusting in their own process. So again, I am challenged to let go, accept things as they are, truly accepting and unconditionally loving these wonderful people who are the greatest gifts in my life.
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don't resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.”
― Lao Tzu
― Lao Tzu