Wow, I've missed you, seriously. It's been about two months since I last wrote and honestly, I haven't really felt like myself without writing. There's something special about putting one's thoughts down on paper. Writing helps me process life -- the highs, lows and everything in between. Writing stretches me and makes me think. It brings some order and structure to my rather busy life.
However, on the flip side, this two month sabbatical from writing has been welcomed (and needed!). I've spent time doing other things and catching up with myself (if that makes sense!) -- taking some down time, giving myself space to recalibrate, allowing myself to just be and not do.
But here I am, setting "pen to paper" once again. I'm excited to continue to share my thoughts and life with you….Although writing is hard and challenging, I really enjoy it. The challenge of putting words together to form thoughts and stories. Using words to convey feeling and emotion. It's an art just like a musician putting notes together to form a symphony. Or an artist using paint strokes to create a painting. A writer uses words carefully chosen and carefully placed to create a coherent story.
I guess I think of myself as an artist. Although I'm not an expert (a Monet or Michelangelo), I want to practice. I want to "paint." I want to hone and cultivate my talents as a writer. I don't know where it will lead me, but there's only one way to find out: get painting!
To piggy back on that thought: what do you need to start "painting"? What talent do you know you need to start cultivating? What keeps nagging at you from the inside -- that passion that keeps bubbling up inside you, but you just keep putting it off? What do you need to start doing?
As we officially enter the second half of 2014, think on this: is the year half full OR half empty? Have you already bailed on the year thinking "ugh, I just want to make it to the end to start a fresh 2015?" You laugh when you think about your "new year's resolutions." You think, "so-and-so was right, I can't change. I'm never going to be [blank]….Why did I even set that as a goal? Who was I kidding?" And the list goes on.
Friend, your year doesn't have to be half empty. Your year CAN be half full. Who are you to say what the rest of the year has in store? Are you God? Who's to say the next six months of your life won't be the best six months of your life?
Although a realist looking at the two glasses (one half full and one half empty) will say they look exactly the same, but you and I know they are world's apart. Your perspective has a profound impact on your life. What you tell yourself is hugely important.
"As a man thinketh, so is he."