The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
That quote was part of an excellent article by Sarah on her blog, Clover Lane, on the subject of Staying Positive. It's a great article - pop over and read it.
The article was especially meaningful for me, because I have been in a bit of a rut myself lately. Perhaps it's natural to start questioning things at this time of year, the new year being a time of new beginnings and all. That's what I'm mulling around: is what I'm doing - with my life, my shops, my art, my blog - taking me where I want to be? And if not, what to change and how to change.
Christmas is my favorite holiday, and at this time I'm usually positively giddy (and glittery!) with excitement for the holiday festivities. But this year is different. Although my health and life are good without major problems right now, there's many serious life changing issues happening right now among my loved ones, and that troubles me as well. I have been at the center of the planning for our family Christmas party every year and tomorrow will likely be the last one. Our family is simply growing too large and too scattered geographically - I'm afraid it's no longer a pleasure but a bother for some people.
Sorry. I don't mean to sound like Scrooge. In my heart I know that once the family is all together tomorrow my mood will lift and I will be of good cheer once again, grateful that we are all still here and loving each other in spite of life's challenges.
I promise the next time I see you here I will be more upbeat and positive. I promise.