“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

~ Carl Jung

Monday, December 31, 2012

ACCEPTANCE My Word for 2013

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