As we venture into 2021, what is our posture? Are we excitedly entering a new season, anticipating a great year? Or are we hesitantly creeping in, carefully edging our way forward, wary after the unexpected challenges that unfolded during 2020? I must admit that I was approaching the new year tentatively, rather than expectantly. I was challenged about my attitude, my lack of enthusiasm for the coming year and knew I needed to change my outlook.
At the beginning of the Covid pandemic I struggled with anxiety, and I missed people, the freedoms we took for granted, and my regular activities (aqua aerobics, Playgroup, craft). But life slowed down. I spent more time walking around our farm, taught myself to crochet, spent more time reading and my garden has never looked better. And best of all, I signed a contract to have my first book published. As I pondered this, I was reminded of how important it is to look for the silver lining and to remember that God is with us, regardless of where we are and what is happening.
Maybe like me, you struggled to write during 2020. Can I be honest? I didn’t want to write this blog. My mind was filled with doubts and fears. And that is exactly why I committed to doing it. I knew I needed to back myself into a corner where I had no option but to write. I needed to be bold and step out of my comfort zone and continue to pursue my dream. If you too have been struggling to write, may I encourage you not to lose heart. 2021 holds 365 (well 358 from today) opportunities for you to begin again. Let’s check our posture and our attitude. Let’s determine to forge ahead in this new year, to pursue our goals, dreams and God-given destiny and continue to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).