Thursday’s Thoughts is a new section of the site where I get to ramble about some of the non-craft related thoughts in my head. I won’t be posting every Thursday–just when I have noteworthy/shareable thoughts on a topic.
It’s always funny to me how much emphasis we as a culture put on setting New Year’s resolutions. Don’t get me wrong–I set New Year’s resolutions too. And then what happens? By the end of January (or February, if I’m lucky) that resolution is put on the back burner and I tell myself it’s too late to pursue it, despite the fact that there are 10 or 11 months left in the year.
But that’s not what I find funny about the whole thing. New Year’s Resolutions are all about change. I don’t know about you, but most everyone I talk to hates it when things change. We are creatures of habit who long for security. As soon as anything changes, even if it’s a small thing, we’re often thrown out of balance and our footing becomes shaky.
I for one despise change. I really do. I’ve suffered from anxiety for years now, and so when I find something steady and consistent, I tend to latch onto it and hold on tightly so it doesn’t disappear. But life doesn’t care how tightly I hold on; things are bound to change, whether I approve of it or not.
Even so, as I type this, I’m reminded of a song lyric that I love. The song is “Snow” by an artist called Sleeping At Last. I highly recommend everyone listen to him, because he is outstanding at tackling heavy, heartfelt topics with purpose and hope. In this song, he composed this lyric:
“Life without revision will silence our souls.”
For a long time, I held onto that lyric even though I didn’t quite understand why it resonated with me so much. He was pointing out change was necessary–I got that. But staying stagnant will “silence our souls.” Really?
It took me a while, but I agree with him. Imagine the life that you have right now, or imagine the life you wish you had. Kids and family are all healthy. Your job is fulfilling. Your weight is exactly what you want it to be. You are content. But in contentment, we often become stagnant. Life becomes like a cozy bed in the cold winter months: when morning comes, you wrap yourself in your blanket tightly and refuse to move away from that comfort and do anything meaningful. Our scenery stays the same. Change is averted.
With change, though, we often forget it’s not always a negative thing. Things do change for the better sometimes, even if that change comes through hardship. For example, if my life hadn’t gone through some painful, radical changes in the past year, then I never would have rediscovered my passion for crafting. I would have been missing out on something that brings me so much joy if I had stuck my feet in the ground and refused to accept the changing seasons. And I certainly wouldn’t have the confidence to try blogging, run an Etsy shop, and do craft shows.
Change forced me to become courageous. And now, as we go into 2020, I hope that change will make you courageous too. Don’t stay still out of fear of change; Try something new, even if it terrifies you. Change isn’t what we need to fear; stagnancy is.