Sunday, June 27, 2010

52CP25: Don't Look Back

Hello again! Technically, this is the halfway point of the year, and this should be challenge # 26, but you already know the deal there...

This week I want to feature artwork from Mary Engelbreit. She's one of my favorites, and I have quite a few of her things - calendars, mugs, bookmarks, cards, etc. My mother sent me this card a couple of decades ago:I apologize that the picture is a bit blurry. I couldn't find the card itself, so I found a poster online and the only image I could save was small, so when I enlarged it here, it didn't retain clarity. Regardless, you can get the idea...
The reason my mother felt I needed this particular card was because I was going through a difficult time in my life, and doing the "woulda/coulda/shoulda" regret wallow. She was trying to point out the uselessness of that particular project. On this card, the sign on the left says "Your Life", and the one on the rights says, "No Longer an Option".

What? No longer an option? What a freeing concept! And yet, we seldom - if ever - stop to consider such a thing! There really, truly is not a single, solitary thing we can do - or undo - from our past. There may be some tidying up to do, as in making amends and the like, but what's done is done. Turn the page, close the door, whatever metaphor you care to use - it's over and it's over - on to the next thing!

When someone close to me was going through a similar regret phase last year, I made her this card:The sentiment says, "Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." I thought that it summed up the concept perfectly. I used the Faux Burnt Edges technique behind the flower to signify "rising from the ashes".

I also happen to hold the belief that everything happens for a reason. We're all on a journey here, and we're all learning all the time (at least, we are if we're paying attention). The people we meet, the books we read, the conversations we have and those we hear, the things around us - all are being attracted to us to teach us what we need to know to move along our path. With that thought in mind, this is what I made this week:

Stamp: Close to My Heart Goodness of Life; Ink: CTMH Olive; Papers: K & Company Hannah collection, Basic Grey Sugared collection; Accessories/tools: Sizzix Top Note die, K & Company/Brenda Walton Brianna Flowers stickers

Again, I apologize for the not-so-great picture. I'll see if I can manage a less murky one in daylight tomorrow to replace it...

Here's Mr. Linky for you to link up your creations. Please leave a comment after you add your link - that way I get an email, so I know to check... Thank you so much!


Linda said...

This is one of my favorite Mary's as well--and I absolutely agree with this post; these are some of my favorite quotes ever (actually, I have a magnet with "Don't Look Back" on it and I think I'll move it from my refrigerator to my writing area so that I will stop second-guessing myself so often ;-)

Art is not a priority right now or I would try to meet this challenge, but please know I follow you as often as possible and your posts mean a lot to me (I love how you challenge me to think).

Sue C said...

Thank you, Linda! I appreciate feedback, with or without artwork! The main reason I started this blog was to give myself a time/space to focus on things more important than the daily-ness and busy-ness that we all get caught up in. If it's helping others to do that, too, then mission accomplished! Have a great week!

mE said...

Hey Sue!

Thanks for this post today! It's one that I really needed. Sometimes we just have to get on with our life and realize that the other paths or preconceived ideas we have about our life are "no longer an option". God gives us lots of good friends to help us remember this along the way and today I am grateful for you for reminding me :)



Lawren said...

No truer words were ever spoken. I know I sometimes get caught up in the coulda, shoulda, woulda's and it's time consuming and non-productive and demotivating.

I started the year by saying this was my year to do new things, go new places, expeience life and no holding back and no looking back. I'm on my way. I'm doing new things and taking new risks and you know what? I am enjoying every minute of it!

Thank you.

Beverly Gotthardt said...

Two wonderful cards, you always find such really neat sayings and quotes. Hope you like my take on your challenge.

Kristen said...

Hi, it's been a while... but here I am again. I didn't forget about you! I have been moving! So fun. ;)
Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!