default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Shattering Lines: 'Shattering Lines' Of Perfection

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, August 6, 2018 12:00 am

When I was younger I would write all kinds of songs, poems and stories. Some resonate more to me than others, but through it all, those writings are a part of who I am today. In fact, I still have the set of Christmas poems I wrote in 1992 when I was 11, which is about the time I started my writing career.  

In the set of those Christmas poems, titled "What You See" I wrote a line that said,  They all sit around the table, Everyone's there even Gramma Mabel.  Hey, I was 11, and thought it sounded good, especially since my grandma's name was Mabel. My brother remembers this poem as well, and he told me some time ago that this was his favorite line of those Christmas poems.

As I got older, I continued to write, especially during the cold months when I didn't want to or I didn't need to be outside. I would open the curtains in my room, sit at my table and write.

Over a year ago, I took out everything I had ever written and looked them over. I felt like instead of hiding them from the world, I needed to start sharing them.

In the midst of the process, I started drawing pictures to go with the poems and sayings. I worked hard to draw the pictures. I even bought craft-type things and picture frames. Yet, they are still sitting in my room and I still haven't really shared them with anyone.

Call me crazy, but it's difficult at times for me to put myself and my work out there for others to judge. And I know that I am way harder on myself than others are on me, but I want my work to inspire others. It's what I like and want to do.

Then, I began drawing pictures to match Bible verses. My favorite Bible verse of all time is "Why were you searching for me?" He asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" Luke 2:49, NIV.  So, with God's help, I drew a picture of Jesus as a boy in the temple. I love that although he was only a boy at the time, He knew where He needed to be.

When I first started drawing again last year, I wanted everything to be perfect and polished when it was done. But instead, God led me to realize that it's about getting my writings and drawings out there for the world to see, and that it is in fact okay to make mistakes. That's how I learn and in turn can help others who may struggle with perfectionism.

After some time of struggling with the mistakes I often made, I felt like my work, as a whole, needed a name. I put a lot of thought into what I wanted the name to be and I came up with "Shattering Lines." I felt like God was telling me that it was okay to shatter the lines of perfection. All I needed to do was my best, and the rest would fall into place. However, this should go outside the box of my creativity and spill into my personal life and work life. Things would be much simpler if I would breathe and take things one step at a time.

As I sit here, I think about all of the framed artwork I have now just sitting in containers, along with every poem, song and story. Some are better than others, but everything I have done is a work in progress. It's great to dive into my work, look back and see how far I've come since then.  

  • Discuss

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.