I’m not the loudest voice in the room. I don’t often share my opinions, at least not right away. I recognize that the world is complex and there are so many things at play in the events I witness happening in the world. As I ponder all the things happening around me, I find myself in deep thought. Challenging myself to be strong in my convictions yet soft enough to see the motivating factors behind those who view things differently than I do.
I’ve been told in the past that I am articulate. Honestly, it takes a lot of processing time before I’m ready to speak words that make any sense. This holds especially true right now. I don’t feel like I have a lot of wisdom to share. I know my gut literally aches at times as I ponder the 2020 world around me. Rolling from one trouble to the next. One human ache to the next. One global disagreement to the next.
This week in particular, while working in the studio, I am feeling an especially strong angst between what my calendar says I MUST do, and what my heart whispers that I really WANT to do. As Eric and I walked out of the store tonight, I admitted this angst. It started with me confessing out loud as we walked to our car how I really need to stop procrastinating, buckle down, and take charge of my to-do list. It was a declaration that tomorrow I will “do better”. Hours later, things are making more sense. As a creative, I’m learning that I process things through my art forms. The reason I’m not getting much done is because I’m fighting the urge to process what I feel through art.
I haven’t been able to get an image of a bouquet of flowers with the words, “Let’s root for each other and watch each other grow,” out of my mind’s eye. It sounds so simple. But I think it’s what a lot of us are feeling. Sometimes even very simple words can hold a deep meaning. Picture a world where we DO root for each other. A world where we cheer each other on. A world where we live by the idea that we are “better together.” What if every family in every community talked about this idea at the dinner table? Man, its a beautiful thought. Right now, I just want to cheer some people on, and I want someone to cheer me on too.
Simple as it may be, this design is going on a tee. Long to-do list or not, I’m switching gears to making this happen. I can’t make the world change with the snap of my fingers, (Well, technically, I couldn’t anyway. I can’t whistle OR snap. But that’s another conversation for another day.) But what CAN I do? I can put beauty, goodness, and truth out into the world. I can—hopefully—bring light to your heart as you wear this tee or read its message on someone else.
I know we have a lot of healing to do as a nation and world. I pray that the grace of God will penetrate all of our lives and begin to guide our thoughts and actions toward one another in new ways. I pray that change can happen where it needs to happen, while also sparing small businesses all over that are already struggling from Covid. I pray that souls would seek light rather than darkness. I pray for my own heart, that my motives would be pure in all that I do.
Rooting for you,