Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Bridge Over Tomorrow...

"When you cry a river of tears, build a bridge to your heart and get over it! Becca is the Muse of reconciliation. She has been through a lot in her life. She has cried. She has survived. She has thrived. We go to her when we need to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and start all over again.

If you have been following my blog you know that I am walking over several bridges right now. A move, a job change, a health issue... I am working through these life decisions with the help of God, family and friends.

Transition periods are always difficult because you are no longer where you were and you have not yet arrived where you are going to be. You are just somewhere in the middle of the bridge, hopefully moving forward. It is a scary place to be even if you desire to get to the other side. Leaving something behind, even if it was bad for you, is leaving a place of comfort because it was familiar. Sometimes you jump over the side and swim in the river of tears for a little while longer. Sometimes you are so focused on getting to the other side you forget to enjoy the journey. The more chaotic the transition period, the better suited you are to enjoy the outcome. A friend told me last week, "God must have something very special planned for you because great grace springs from bitter turmoil."

Building a bridge to my heart is the easy part. Getting over it, letting go of the things left behind and fully embracing the other side with no regrets is the hard part.

Today's aMUSEment - Take out a pencil and paper and draw your bridge or cut one out of a magazine. Then draw a heart at one side. Paste the bridge going into your heart. It does not have to be perfect, just representational. Visualize yourself on the bridge. With colored markers write the answers to the following questions: What kind of bridge are you on today? Is it a covered bridge, a swinging bridge, a suspension bridge, a rope bridge...? Where are you on that bridge? One foot on and one foot in the past, the beginning, midway, near the end...? Are you running across, strolling, dawdling, standing still? How long have you been on the bridge? How does it feel? Are you alone? Are you secure or shaky? Are you looking ahead, backwards or at the sky? Did you stop to fish (distract yourself) over the edge? Did you dangle your feet? Is the bridge over water, a road, railroad tracks? Can you see the other side? Is it for cars or people? What color is the bridge? Now look at your creation. Does it tell you something?
U Be Creative Today!


Darla said...

I'm going to try this. I never think of bridges when it comes to change. I'm more of an "open the door in front of me and shut (sometimes SLAM) the door behind" kinda gal. A bridge might be an easier transition.


kelly barton art + design said...

hmmm....i agree. its the getting over it that is the hard part.
hang in there girlie!