It’s definitely the time of year where you see commercial after commercial for retail and service companies trying persuade you to spend your money with them. We have made great strides in this wonderful country and also some significant recessions.
Growing up in small town America within a Christian community, it was easier to ignore the pressures of “commercialized Christmas.” It has become increasingly more challenging to avoid these pressures of conforming to societal standards based on an overwhelming media presence.
The time of year when, generally a slowing down, or pause in life was relegated to family, reflection and personal improvement has become a time when it’s easy to be found rushing around getting to and from events while purchasing random ‘gifts’ for others in appreciation. It is my personal belief that while it may be difficult for some to take time and spend it with others based on geographical location; this time of year is best spent with the ones you love, family and friends and ones self.
Focusing attention inward forces us to ponder and accept personal issues we may not want to address. Letting go of past grievances and forgiving ones self may be the most difficult of all. When I was able to forgive myself for my own undoings, real magic began. Taking time in reflection and meditation opened up the line of communication that had been severed over the past decade and a half. It’s hard to say just when it happened, because I think it was slow shift in thinking and a reliance on worldly ways. It has been my mission in 2018 to let go and move past the past. To focus on the ‘right now,’ and to look forward to a future of purpose.
Believing that changing myself by changing those around me was naive, I thought I knew better. When pausing in reflections, it was abundantly clear that “I” was what needed to change. Sharing bits of the journey, exploring my gift of sharing emotion through creating art has been life changing and incredibly freeing.
I know that I have been blessed beyond measure and given an opportunity not many have. I intend to make the most of that and offer to others some emotional uplifting and creative expression opportunities in 2019 as I continue to gather the knowledge and tools for my studio space. I am beyond thrilled that this new adventure has started and will continue into the future. And I am so glad to be able to share this with all of you!!!
I am welcoming 2019 with wide open arms, an open mind and a healing heart. Thank you, GOD, that you don’t give up on those who temporarily forget whose in charge!
Blessings to all of you and if you find yourself hurting this season, know that you are not alone and others will lift you up when you are not strong enough on your own. Fear will not win if you choose Faith.