Another year, another month, another week, another day, and another IWSG post to kick things off. Yes, 2013 has arrived, much to the disappointment of doomsdayists, angst-ridden teens, and the Mayans - Maya Angelou and Maya Rudolph - who are busy scrambling for sold-out day planners at Office Depot.
They simply couldn't face another day of singing with the caged birds.
As for me, I intend to greet the impending unknown with open arms, embracing it with a bear hug - albeit, a koala bear hug, but ursine, nonetheless (yes, I know the koala is technically a marsupial, but work with me).
The case with new beginnings is that they afford wonderful opportunities to reflect where we've been, where we're at, and where we're heading by asking the question, "Is this where I want to go?" If not, changes inevitably have to be made.
Beginning something new, or even revamping something old, can be daunting. I've started this post a dozen times - wrote a bit, threw up my hands in frustration, and then scrapped each one. None were going in a direction that pleased me.
You see, the thing about facing those scary new directions (as opposed to scary nude erections), or about venturing off on roads untraveled, is to have a solid game plan when going in and to follow it with gusto.
Do I have a solid game plan? Uh...no. But there are three essential elements in my ditty bag of personal strengths that are working in my favor:
Belief, faith, and trust.
I believe that this is truly my calling. That this is what the events in my life have all been leading up to.
I have faith in God that when in doubt, when all my efforts seem hopeless, the sea will part and a path will open before me.
And I trust Him - implicitly - to keep the walls of water at bay, to hold them back from crashing down upon me until I am safely on the other side, armed and ready for my next battle.
It still doesn't mean I have a clue what I'm doing, but I know that HE does.
So I'm entering 2013 with the following declaration that came to me yesterday:
Know it. Believe it. Be it.
I know this is God's plan for me and believe that with all my heart.
I am M.L. Swift, Writer. Hear me roar.
Let 2013 be the Year of the Writer. Today, make a decision to claim it as your own!
This post was written as a part of Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group. We post the first Wednesday of every month and share our solutions to common difficulties, encourage other writers to meet their insecurities head-on, and seek supportive shoulders to tear-stain when we've received just one too many rejections.If you'd like to join the group (and we'd love to have you), follow the link to Alex's site, grab a badge, and put your name on the list. I'll see you next month!