A Year of Greatest Survival

By: Shannon Boatwright

Shannon

So for my blog entry, I’m sharing another blogger’s entry. Why? Simply put, because it’s wonderful. I came across this entry on Facebook. A dear friend of mine shared it and I took the time to read it. And I’m so glad that I did! This blogger, Rachel Macy Stafford, writes about how instead of looking back on a tough year and declaring that it was the worst year ever, you can look at it from a different perspective and declare that it was one of your greatest years ever.

Your Year of Greatest Strength
Your Year of Greatest Faith
Your Year of Greatest Hope
Your Year of Greatest Patience
Your Year of Greatest Risk
Your Year of Greatest Determination
Your Year of Greatest Courage

It was your year of greatest survival!

For me, the past few years have all been about survival. As I type right now, I’m battling Strep Throat for the third year in a row. I think it’s safe to say that teaching in the public school system has taken its toll on me! I’m in my third year of the PACE program, teaching Drama in a public school and I honestly feel like I’ve aged ten years. And I promise, I’m not being dramatic! In 2015 alone, my life “happenings” have been immense, intense and incredible. Wonderful things, tough things, heartbreaking things, you name it. Then add the stressful teaching job to the mix, the fact that it’s my last year of PACE, that I’ve got to pass the PLT exam and take two graduate classes in the next few months, all while buying a new home, moving and surviving the holidays. (Insert emoticon with the eyes crossed)

BUT, instead of focusing on the sheer weight of it all, I am choosing to recognize all the blessings in my crazy year. Like Rachel says, I’m still holding on. So far, I’m still living to tell about it! So far! 😉 I have so many things to be thankful for, I absolutely cannot let the stress of it all take me down. I refuse. I will not let the stress squash my light! I recognize my ability to bring light to others. And when I’m more open to share my own light, I’m more open to let the light of others in. The older I get, the more I discover the strength within me, and I choose to celebrate that strength. I will continue to survive and recognize years past, knowing that I survived them! I will let light overcome darkness and push forward with a grateful heart.

Please do read Rachel’s blog entry, “If 2015 Tried You or Tested You, Do This.”

I promise you it’s worth the read!

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