i thought maybe it was...

rainy day
... just another rainy day.

and my first inclination when i opened my eyes was to think,
"oh, it's so gloomy and dark today.
i just want to go back to sleep for a few hours."

but i didn't.
i got up.
i went to get my green tea latte
{perfect for a cold, rainy day such as this }.
oh, i got dressed first.
then the latte.
then home to finish processing a photo shoot.
{i'll share that tomorrow.}

then i started to get excited.
not because there is anything quite significant
to get excited about.
but i realized,
this is not just another day.
it's another opportunity.

to forget what is behind and press on
toward what is ahead.
to let go of the things said or done
that may not have been uplifting or helpful.
to extract anything good that i can from them
and use them to make change.

to say, "i'm not going to stay fixed in my mindset
and continue to listen to the doubts
that creep into my thoughts."
to fight through my fears
and take steps
toward becoming what i want to become.

to get things done.
things i would not be able to if i was working.
{i've been off the last four days
due to a decreasing workload... YIKES!}
to catch up on laundry.
to write that letter that has been only words
floating around in my head for so long.
to organize my home.
to go looking for
something that
the rain made beautiful

and take a picture of it.
to seek out inspiration in the work of other artists.

to believe and trust in my God
that he will never leave me or forsake me
and believe that he has a plan for me.
to hope in his provision for me.
to take him at his word.

this is not just another day, indeed.
"this is the day the Lord has made.
let us rejoice and be glad in it."
{psalm 118:24 }

you know the saying...
"carpe diem"
seize the day.

whatever you've been thinking of doing,
big or small, start now.
seriously... i'm not just trying to be cliche.
you know how many road blocks i have
that could keep me from doing the things i
need to, want to, have to?
i could spend an entire post or two on those road blocks.
but instead, i'm going to look for different roads...
or better yet, create new ones.

back to you...
just take one little step
{or a big one if you've got it in you }.
i don't care if it's raining or shining.

and have yourself a wonderful day!
now if you'll excuse me,
i've got some seizing to do.


slommler said...

Yes! You are so right! Just TRY!! Take that first step and see what happens. Beautiful photo!

Yvonne said...

"Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate."
Trust in God above all things, He does not make mistakes and seldom are His ways our ways.

chasity said...

love your blog...
the inspiring words...
the beautiful photos...
your ability to glorify HIM

so nice to meet you~
i'll look forward to seeing more.

Hi Kooky said...

Oh yes, your word are so very true. I LOVE the photo + words. The thing I find hardest is to be gentle with myself when I fail at seizing the day. (That's probably the way I disappoint myself the most.) I'm starting to realize that failure is okay to weave into my life tapestry. It's there for a reason. It's part of my human-ness, and God loves me anyway.

Here's to seizing the day, and here's to not sweating it when we don't!

Thanks for your words, friend.

georgia b. said...

thanks, ladies!

jen, i agree with you 100%! if i could capitalize numbers, i would capitalize 100. : )

you are right, we should give ourselves grace when we fall short of seizing every opportunity. in fact, i often think disappointment in myself for not seizing is what keeps me from continuing on in seizing, so it's more regret than fear that keeps me from going after things. so silly, i know. that's why you are so right. we must not sweat it when we don't!

hey, you should write a guest post here some time. : )

mrs mediocrity said...

I have seized so many days, and let so many others slip though my fingers. And still others have been ripped out of my hands by things beyond my control. But yes, they all are part of life, and we just have to keep trying to get to the place we want to be. I have been having a lot of the same thoughts these days...and taking a lot of little steps...

ginny said...

great post : )

Michel said...

oh you are speaking to me today Georgia!!!! love the picture too.

S. Etole said...

applauding your decision ...

Danielle said...

Oh this is beautiful!

B. Meandering said...

Just what I needed today---thanks. I enjoy your postings and photos ---wonderful photo today!

Jenny Schouten Short said...

When I read this I think, "Give yourself permission to be you. Trust yourself and your creativity. They go together and are good."