I was sitting here this morning sipping my second cup of coffee and trying to think about something inspiring to write about today. Since I am still experiencing the lull that I mentioned yesterday, I fear that today's post would be bland and uninteresting.
"Why then would I even choose to write?", you may ask.
To be honest, I considered the possibility of skipping. Of course, that would be the easy and probably the most logical thing to do. While there is seemingly limitless cyber-space available for blogs such as mine, I didn't feel that polluting the internet with a senseless post would be the answer. After all – I like my blogs to have positive meaning at some level to those of you who read. I believe that on most days I do accomplish that.
But we all know that life isn't always an easy journey. There are bumps in the road – big and small – that range from a minor annoyances to a full blown crisis and everything in between. While I try to focus on the positive aspects of my life here in my daily writings, there are times when I encounter some of these bumps and they take a bit of the wind out of my sails. After all – I am only human and it would be completely unnatural if I never slipped off of my pink cloud of contentment from time to time. You would all think I wasn't being completely honest with you.
However, my philosophy of "following where we focus" is more to me than just words. It is a belief I have within my soul that we are masters of our own destiny. I firmly believe that focusing on the good things in our lives will save us from the day to day hardships. How else could those who smile in the face of despair do so? How could those who have experienced bitter hardships thrust upon them emerge grateful and loving and positive? What makes them different from the rest?
I believe that having a positive attitude and outlook is a key to happiness. I realize that cliche may sound a bit rehearsed, but it is truly something that I believe in. As I watch the world around me, I notice that those who focus on negativity and sadness and despair only serve to perpetuate and spread it among all they encounter. While it is easy to jump on that band wagon, it sometimes takes a bit of thinking, effort and skill to find a grain of good on a 'bad day' or in a 'bad situation.' I believe it separates the positive people from the negative people, and those who are truly happy from those who are troubled and sad.
It isn't always easy to find good in every situation. When one is caught off guard or deeply involved in something that isn't really positive, it sometimes takes quite a bit of work to find good in it. Sometimes it is buried deep or indirectly related to the problem at hand. Perhaps it is not even related at all. When the magazines folded last year, it was difficult to find the positive in that. However, after many months have passed, I realize that many of the opportunities that I have followed successfully that affect me today I would not have pursued if I hadn't lost the magazines. In many ways, I am better off now with these venues than I was working for the magazines. I would have never known that if they were still in business.
It is easy to look back and see things clearly. What is more difficult is looking ahead to the unknown. For most of us, it is unsettling to forge ahead into uncharted territory – especially when we are taking risks and the stakes are high. But without taking those chances, we are giving up our chance for growth. Perhaps our chance for something better. That is why I feel that when things are not going just right, I need to remind myself to be patient. Things have a way of working themselves out.
I am not one to air all of my personal concerns here on my blog. While I try to be up front and straight forward every day, I feel that there are some things that need to be kept private. For ranting about the things that make me unhappy only fuel and perpetuate the negative feelings that I have, and that turns into the focus. I know how debilitating that can be to a creative person and that is not the path I choose to take.
So when those around me ask casually, "How are you?", I smile and answer back "Hunky Dory!" (I like that phrase, don't you? It ages me but it is funny!) I think about the good things in my life (and there are many) and instead of focusing on the negative things, I am grateful for the positive things. And that makes me happy.
I ask that you be patient with me. I am on the brink of beginning to work on some new things. While I am still in my 'lull', the fog is beginning to lift and things are starting to come to life for me.
It just takes a little time.
"I am grateful for the struggles of my life, for without them, I wouldn't have found my strengths." – Unknown
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"