Well, here it is.  My first post. Call me stubborn, but posts make me think construction site before website. Clouds hold water, not data. And thongs are still those cute little sandals I wear to the beach. I guess change is never easy, especially for those of us who grew up long before words like chat and tunes began with an “i.” Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the help; I’d rather give up my toothbrush than my smart phone. imagesBut I do enjoy the smooth, creamy pages of a real book. I prefer talking over texting. Actually laughing out loud over typing it. And I love writing. With a pen. On paper.

I guess 46 is a little early to be stuck in my ways. So here I am. A blogger. Because in the end, I’m pretty sure I’d rather attempt (and possibly fail) at something new than always wonder what maybe, possibly, just might have been. So whether it’s building a website… or taking a  job, starting a business, going back to school, volunteering for a position, learning a sport, exploring a hobby, or anything else that’s been lingering on your Maybe List, there are really only two ways to look at trying something new…

Trying new things my way:

  • Fear of failure. I don’t want to try, because there’s a really good chance I’ll fall flat on my face. This is true. You might. Unfortunately, guarantees only come with refrigerators and knife sets, not big decisions.
  • Fear of others. What will people think? What will they say? They might talk about me. Also true. They might (and some probably will).
  • Pride. I truly have no idea what I’m doing and I’m pretty sure I’ll look like a complete idiot if I do this. This one’s a sure bet. Trying something new is certainly uncomfortable and has great potential to make us look silly at least a couple times (think yoga class).

Trying new things the Higher way:

  • Fight the fear. God wants us to be faithful, not fearful.  Placing our endeavor in His hands and deciding to trust that He wants the best for us takes the pressure off of having to succeed all on our own.  And if things don’t go exactly as planned, we can rest in the peace that He’s got something bigger and better in mind. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21)
  • Don’t go it alone. Whatever the decision, it’s important to seek the advice of people with experience in the field. Whether a trusted family member, close friend, or acquaintance, asking the opinion of someone who’s been there gives us good perspective and can point out potential pitfalls. “Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed.” (Proverbs 15:22)
  • cheer3Disregard the insignificant. For every cheerleader in our lives, there’s bound to be naysayer or two.  Negative words hurt. But letting our choices be swayed by what others may or may not say places power in the wrong hands.  So reject oversensitivity and stick with the cheerleaders (they’re more fun anyway).  “Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your own servant cursing you.” (Ecclesiastes 7:21)
  • Don’t be paralyzed by indecision:  It’s difficult to see the big picture at the beginning of any plan. We can usually only make out the first step or two, and even those may seem fuzzy.  Moving forward isn’t easy when you don’t know exactly where you’re going, but pray for wisdom and start walking; He will show you the way. “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them.” (Isaiah 42:16)

Hope you decide to try something new. If you do be sure to let me know; can’t wait to celebrate with you!