Because you’ve simplified, sometimes you just gotta sing . . . loudly.
After you simplify, sometimes you just need to go silent.
In order to simplify, sometimes you just have to breathe.
Sometimes when you’ve reached the end of a month of simplifying, you’re waiting for tomorrow.
Our focus for February is passion.
I’m working very hard to be lighter these days. Lighter toward my todo list, lighter toward what I wish to learn that seems so difficult, lighter toward uncertainty, and lighter toward what I most fear.
It takes some work, certainly.
We writers like to have our angst.
I just find that becoming lighter helps the angst to stay controlled, so that I feel good.
Remember, my goal is that I feel good about my goals, feel good about working toward my goals, and feel good about accomplishing my goals.
This is not simply something I HOPE to have happen; this is something I am making happen.
So, how can you be lighter?
That’s where you should focus. Sure, we have things we have to do—bills, cleaning, child-rearing, socializing, working, driving, sleeping—but it really takes a focus (for me, at least) to do what I want to do.
Do I want to find new author talent?
I need to read to find new author talent.
Do I want to write something meaningful?
I need to write to find meaning.
It’s very simple, but I seem to fight constantly to keep the things I want at the forefront of my life.
If you are like me, you are a book hoarder. I am also an information hoarder. And a pretty things hoarder. And lately, I just have had the urge to throw it all away.
Well, not everything. The books stay, the pretty things stay. Most of my information, however (ie, bookmarked Internet browser files, paper files, cd-roms, mp3s, piles of material that I’ve been amassing over my business career), well, I’m flummoxed. Do I keep or throw it away?
It’s the one thing that I can’t decide on this month. I’m having no problems tossing clothes that don’t fit, books I will never read again, things that just seem to take up space. But the information—even a set of audio cds dangles its secrets in front of me—seems to want to stick around. I just have a lot of it. (Hey, seventeen, almost eighteen years in this business.)
But I am reminded of the truth that if you move out what you no longer need, what you do need will show up. So, with these audio cds, I think, can I use this information?
I can. So, they stay. But rather than think about all the myriad things that surround keeping or throwing things out (“I had such grand plans for this and wow, I never did anything, did I?” = guilt or “If only I had time to work on this project from a decade ago” = unreasonable expectations), I now simply ask: Can I use this information?
I’m finding the path clearing, the pile of things to be donated growing, and a space created . . . for what is coming next!
Can you use all the stuff you’ve amassed? Does it help you become a better writer? Does it help you focus or keep you from focusing?
I really do believe this. I am calmer when I write. I’m sure many of you feel the same. We write because it is what we do. It is not easy, however. I am often full of doubt as are my clients.
But we keep on.
Often, I have to write before I really think about writing. Before the pressure is on, before my Muse flees for safer places.
So, rather than thinking about it, we should just go, do. Write.
It’s the simplest, fastest, easiest way to be a writer. Never abandon it. It’s a writer’s true north.