Friday, April 26, 2013

BEGINNINGS...



Begin:  to proceed or start, to undertake or attempt

Something occurred to me the other day, don't laugh but just reaching the cusp of 50 I am a slow learner and late bloomer, anyway here goes...I can craft my own life.  I don't have to be complacent opening my box of dreams, taking them out one by one, examining them, yep, they are still there, then quietly shutting them away again.  I can actually take them out, dust them off, and simply begin.  All it takes is one small first step of faith...
(A new beginning, mixed media necklace)

"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." - Martin Luther King 

Not to be morbid but most likely at this stage of life I have more behind me than before me and I don't want to get to the end of my life road with unfinished business.  And so I have begun, starting by doing what for me was necessary.  I have spent years invested in dreaming of what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I spent months preparing my environment so I would be ready to begin.  I recently spent weeks studying and carefully crafting a plan that would allow me that one tiny first step of faith.  I have spent hours wishing, hoping, dreaming, praying for the faith and courage to just begin.  My life minutes have ticked by and somehow I have never fully discarded that stored away box of dreams.  In one split second, a breath in and a breath out, while I was folding laundry, my dream whispered, "It is time." trailed by the simple thought of, "I can craft my own life."   
(A little personal reminder of where all my journeys begin, maybe this one will become my personal signature piece.)

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi

I am a big picture kind of gal, I want to see from A to Z and that was just not getting me anywhere.  In fact it was absolutely paralyzing, it looked like too big of task, too much to take on so I shied away from beginning.  I would sigh and tell myself it was too late, I should have done this earlier in my life. I have been learning that by laying out a ladder to success it makes that first small step ever so much easier.

Some dreams are late bloomers like me.  They unfurl when it is time to unfurl and the best one can do is to be ready to begin.  Looking back over the years I can see an entire staircase behind me that I did not even realize I was climbing, steps that fed my dream in little ways, little creative moments encapsulated in time that were indeed getting me closer to the top stair of opening the door and stepping through.  I did what was necessary, now I feel ready to do what is possible. 

So I now follow a path of new beginnings...to be continued as the journey unfurls.

Are you ready for a new beginning?


P.S.  Speaking of beginnings, the Romantic Crazy Quilt Cuff Class is almost ready to begin!  It will launch one week from today with an introduction and supply list with 4 weekly classes following, more on this in my next post! 

14 comments:

Vee said...

I could have written this though I am ten years further down the road than you are. It makes me wonder what might have been. It needs to turn around to what might yet be... Like you, and probably so many of us, we like to see the entire staircase.

I'm really excited about the new class... Hope that others are, too. Do you have a button created for this cause because, if so, I'd be happy to have it in my sidebar.

Vee said...

question mark ☺

JD said...

As always, beautifully written post! Never too late for new beginnings!

lailani said...

"It is time" I like that. Excited for you and the day by day new beginnings!

Fanciful Ponderings said...

That was a very deep and heartfelt post! I too am about to turn 50 and it was only just yesterday (a year ago in real time) that I decided to jump in there and follow my dreams. It feels SO GOOD! Love the pendant.

bobbie said...

Congratulations on taking that all important first step!!
May you ever grow ~~~

Big hugs ~

Petite Michelle Louise said...

i LOVE this post! truer words were never spoken (and so eloquently too!) "words to live by." Merci for sharing them!!! ;) (i'm pinning this Post so i can come back and read it again and again...)

Catherine Love said...

Thank you for these words ... they blessed me today.
Love the quote by St. Francis.

Blessings,
Catherine

Annie said...

You spoke to me in this post. Also on the cusp of 50...there are many questions and uncertain feelings...I think it actually takes a lifetime to realise what you want to be when you grow up

Createology said...

Sandy you have written what I have felt for years. I am long beyond 50 and my ruler is running short. What is my passion? When will I find it? Thank you for sharing your heartfelt thoughts. Looking forward to your cuff class. I shall continue to create with a very happy heart...

Dorthe said...

Dear Sandy,- thankyou for this beautiful post, your spoken words and your photoes-
And thankyou for starting a tutorial calss next week- I will be there, :-)
Hugs,Dorthe

Lorrie said...

A beautiful post, Sandy, full of hopes and dreams and confidence. Now is the time. I remember a quote from someone - George Eliot maybe? - It is never too late to become the person you were always meant to be. Or something like that.
Isn't it great that life can have exciting challenges all the way through?

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

You've described my life in a teacup! I'm much older and have accomplished a lot, but still have so many "retirement" dreams! ! Instead of dreaming and planning I think you've inspired me to take action and enjoy the dreams. Thank you.

Wendy AppleApricot said...

Totally recognized this. I'm in my forties now and things are getting itchy. I always said: when I'm old, I don't want to sit in my rockchair behind the petunias saying "wish I had done this or that".
Gorgeous stone Sandy, a beautiful treasure to help you remember this.

Hugs and enjoy the journey!
Wendy

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