Friday, January 6, 2017

This Year

Is this really still just the first week since the New Year? It seems since the holidays, life has been busy and full. That's kind of what I was used to before moving to Arizona, life moving so quickly I hardly felt the days go by. I don't think that is necessarily a great thing all the time, but I recognize the feeling.

With the mental health world, work seems either nonstop or slow. There is not too much middle ground. I spent a lot of time craving the middle ground, the steady pace, enough to do but not so slow that I was dragging. I'm starting to appreciate that whether work or life moves fast, slow, or in between, I can find my own sense of rest.

I love this quote in a book by (again and always) my favorite, Shauna. It's not even a quote by her but it's a quote in her book Present over Perfect, describing her state of wanting to be present in her life. "And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good." -John Steinbeck. And I would add this: "And now that your life doesn't have to be perfect, it can be good."

Maybe a good theme for 2017 and beyond?

Life is good. If it was perfect, it would be plastic or shiny. I don't want to force it to be something it isn't or push it too hard. It hurts when I do that. Behind the scenes, I know God is doing a lot with the real, true life I have. Showing up and being who I am, I think is what I'm called to do this year. Surprisingly, I have no desire to be perfect or try so hard to be anyone other than who I am. Because life, and I, don't have to be perfect, I know I am free.

So my prayer is always to God who knows me best, and in His great love meets me exactly where I am, every time. I pray that for you, friends, this year, too. That He will meet you exactly where you are. May it be the sweetest year yet for you, too! Happy New Year!

Here is a kind of cheesy (but beautiful because JJ Heller is awesome) video about this year. There is confetti and I love confetti. I hope you enjoy it and you have lots and lots of happy this year.

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