Start Where You Are

Start where you are. Have you heard this statement before? I seem to be hearing it, or at least noticing it around me, often lately. It seems like such simple advice, doesn’t it? Of course, where else would I start (insert snarky tone here)?

Well, it is taken me MONTHS to get back to writing because I’ve been afraid to start from where I was, where I am – to accept myself and my talent and ability as being perfect just as they are.

I like to fantasize about thinking myself into great writing rather than actually writing myself into great writing. I’m very rarely in the mood to write – only about 5% of the time. During this 5% I am struck with (what I think are) great ideas for a piece so I’ll jot them down somewhere or tap them into the notes app in my phone, to inevitably be lost in the “busy-ness” of daily life. Or if I do come back to it, I’ll forget the inspiration and where it was taking me entirely.

I’ve heard that this is a normal process among writers and that all it takes is the discipline to actually sit my ass down and put pen to paper (I’m old-school).

Despite my extreme procrastination, I love to write and adore the whole process; never wanting to do it, sitting down to force myself to do it, letting the words spill out on the page, revising drafts, tweaking words and paragraphs to intensify the perfect sentiment, reading, analyzing, and dissecting sentences, and sometimes not even recognizing my own handiwork because the word seem to come from a source beyond myself.

Is this what it feels like to be a writer? I don’t know, all I know is my own process-however flawed, however spotty, however perfectly imperfect, it all comes down to the fact that I still love to write. It is one of my burning desires and passions in life, which is a miracle in itself (more on that in the future).

In order to pursue growth and to stretch and open my dusty, out-of-practice wings, here I start again, in the ever-present and eternal now.

Write on.

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Oh the Places You’ll Go

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance

you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.

There are some, down the road between hither and yon,

that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go

though the weather be foul

On you will go

though your enemies prowl

On you will go

though the Hakken-Kraks howl

Onward up many

a frightening creek,

though your arms may get sore

and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike

and I know you’ll hike far

and face up to your problems

whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up, of course,

as you already know.

You’ll get mixed up

with many strange birds as you go.

So be sure when you step.

Step with care and great tact

and remember that Life’s

a Great Balancing Act.

Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.

And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?

Yes! You will, indeed!

(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

~Dr. Seuss

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The Hour is Striking

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“The hour is striking so close above me,
so clear and sharp,
that all my senses ring with it.
I feel it now: there’s a power in me
to grasp and give shape to my world.

I know that nothing has ever been real
without my beholding it.
All my becoming has needed me.
My looking ripens things
and they come toward me, to meet and be met.”

 

~Rainer Maria Rilke

 

 

Inspiration

“Don’t hesitate to be very picky about who and what gets your time and attention. Your greatest responsibility is your own happiness. How would you serve the world if your own perspective were to turn small? Surround yourself with everything that reminds you of abundance, peace, and vitality. Then, in the rare case that you come into contact with people that exhibit a LACK of these qualities, instead of feeling sad or guarded, you’ll be so rooted in your own emotional set-point of abundance and well being that you’ll be better equipped, not only to maintain YOUR center, but to influence those experiencing LACK or suffering in a powerful and positive way… just by staying true to your nature.

In essence, your solid, loving presence and thoughts will influence them, even if only on a subtle or subconscious level. To the yogis, this practice of blessing others with positive, hopeful thoughts is known as metta, or loving kindness. As you practice metta, you’ll see in people their beauty, their strength, and their light, even if they can’t.
You’ll be an inspiration, and your vision of them will challenge them to change their perceptions and beliefs about who they are and what they are capable of.

Just by holding your center and looking for what you want to see, instead of observing what-is and judging it as good or bad, you will start to create a shift and a new possibility for being.”

 

~Kris Ward