Patron Saint of …

Writing Challenge: June 2, 2014: In 300 years, if  you were to be named the patron saint of X, what would you like X to be?

Off the top of my head, I could think of a lot of things, I’d like to be the “patron saint” of:  friendship, creativity, food, photography, travel – all things that I love and adore and spend a lot of time doing / nurturing / contemplating … but one thing kept sticking out in my mind as the “ultimate” thing.  I think I should be the patron saint of “new beginnings”.

We have all heard the saying, “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade” – and it is a good adage.  The prompt to “make the best out of any situation” is good advice and a positive way to live your life.  But the reality is, sometimes the lemons pile up faster than you can squeeze them and the acid burns your fingers and eyes and the scent of the lemons becomes cloying and nauseating.  And who wants to drink that much lemonade anyway?

Life has handed me my fair share of “lemons” – frayed relationships, disappointments and failures in my professional and personal life, unrealized expectations and a variety of other things that still need resolution and closure.  BUT life has also taught me that you can wallow in the mire of those things and let them overwhelm and consume you – OR you can use those challenges as stepping stones to a new and brighter future and reality.  I have learned to embrace the challenges, look for the lessons and strive to move forward with new purpose and dedication to make THIS life the BEST life I can make it.  On a day to day basis, I may occasionally lose sight of that goal and stumble, but when I look back at the tapestry of experiences that make up my life and who I am – I count the blessings and keep it moving.

Yep, I would like to be the patron saint of new beginnings, because I would like people to look at my life, what I do with it, and instead of focusing on what could be perceived as the “bad things” – see the good, and see how each new start made my life better.