There is something about filling in shapes on a blank canvas that I can’t get enough of.

I will admit something to you.

I am an adult colorer.

As funny as this may seem, the so called, “Adult Coloring” that I’ve done in the last six months or so has brought me a lot of stress relief and even enjoyment. I think labeling it as “adult” though to be very tongue in cheek, as my son is easily able to color (obviously) anything I would give him and this includes many more detailed and defined images that I have on my phone.

I use a phone app called, “Happy Coloring.” It allows me to simply “poke” at my phone using a paint by number system. To say this is brainless is an understatement. But today I wondered if the opposite was true.

I have done so much thinking when coloring on my phone.

The intensity of my thinking doesn’t compare to the mindlessness of my actions. But then again…I think they somehow call this mindfulness. It works. It relaxes me and allows my anxiety to somehow filter away and at the same time, I feel as though I’m being constructive about it all.

I started writing this blog yesterday and yesterday’s post was much better. But I erased it. Today, I regretted erasing what I had already written just to get a step ahead today. But then I thought, what if I kept every single thing I did write every day? How would I ever have room for what lies ahead or what I should be focusing on daily?

What if I kept rehashing yesterday’s words? It was today that the epiphany came that: Moving on is good even if it’s hard and somehow it all works out better in the long run if I move ahead from day to day as best that I can.

So, I started fresh. And this blog is all of today. It may not be as good as yesterday’s start, but I can sure finish today in knowing all of me was present and moving forward. Amen to that.

Growing every day can be painful but only if we see it that way. Perception plays a big part in our happiness and today I choose to be present, joyful, and happy. It’s what helps me serve the Lord best.

“Do not be conformed to this world. But be TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING of your mind.” Romans 12:2

 

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