Another year come and gone.
Seriously…where is the time going? It seems to fly by faster and faster as the years go by. Or, maybe it has always gone with the same speed – however, as we get older (and hopefully wise) it is only then that we realize the important things still remaining to be accomplished and the time to do so is
less and less.
The past few years I have chosen a word for the year to apply to my life. It started with a scrapbooking – or some similar site/blog/class (I just can’t remember which!). Last Year's word was “Uplifting”. It actually started at Uplifting...and within a week morphed in to Grace as I found myself seeing both of those words entertwined in the immediate events at the beginning of 2012. Funny thing…when you choose a word that there will be things that come along in your life to put the full definition of that word in to play…and hopefully to allow the full meaning of what it should be to take root in your life. Living a life of grace naturally lends itself to being uplifting - and, you certainly must be actively participating in life to make either one of thoe 'action words'.
Grace was a good word for me last year. On so many levels I was presented with situations in which to give grace (often when I did not feel like it was warranted), to receive grace, to live grace, to be graceful and to find grace under pressure. I certainly had moments where I would forget about my
word of the year…not to be so for long as a situation would rise wherein it was brought to the forefront of my attention quite rapidly! God’s kinda funny that way.
The past six months have been months of reflections and introspect for me. Those moments of figuring out what is supposed to be meaningful in my life? What is supposed to make me happy? Which direction is my creative bent going to take me? If I am being honest…I have had more than my share of moments where I wished that it would just come to me…the inspiration, the knowledge, the finished products. That is truth…there is no ‘graceful’ way to put that. It’s just the pure, selfish, lazy truth. And then, the real truth sunk in again (it usually does, I just have to process those moments)…nothing good comes without hard work. If you want to know photography…you have to get out there and learn it! You have that camera for a reason…use it. No one else is going to do it for you – you have to learn the way you learn and that way is usually getting out there and practicing. Trying. Failing. Pick yourself up and move forward again.
In all things creative…comparison to others only creates a learning curve that is unfair to
yourself and robs you of the joy of discovering who you are in the art. As the wonderful Dr. Seuss said,
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
I am guilty of comparing…not a trait of Grace. Yet, I am still learning. Still growing.
And now we embark on 2013. A new year means a new word.
I started pondering the word I want to apply to my life for 2013 about 6 weeks ago. I will be honest and let you know that, at first I thought I would find a word that would have lessons surrounding it that might not be so ‘painful’ and ‘character building’. You know…trying for the easy way out (as if
reverse psychology would work on The Big Guy!).
In the end, I have chosen a word that I think will best represent what I have started here at the end of 2012.
I have my own plans for how the word Transform will fit in to my world:
- Running (my new little fitness thing)
- Eating Better
- Creating more
- Developing my photography skills more
- Becoming deeper spiritually
- Understanding my body better
- Forgiving in full
However, I’m not a silly girl…I know that God will have His own idea of how Transform will be played out in my life. While there is a part of me that will start out with a little trepidation as to what lessons might unfold…I completely understand that I serve a God who is bigger than my wildest imaginings. A God who has nothing but the best in store for me and who will see that I become the person I am supposed to be if I will allow Him to direct my paths. I’m ok with a little trepidation because of that. I don’t want to run from Him and His plans…I can’t ever get away from
Him…nor do I ever want to. I’m excited!
So…with the word for StacyMac in2013 clearly outlined…Let the Transformation begin!!!
Happy New Year to you all.