Never leave your dreams unfulfilled. To begin, pick one thing that’s important to you, set a specific goal for yourself, and get started today This is your race to run. It’s your goal to complete. It’s your answer to create. How your gift compares to someone else’s is not the point. The point is to fill the world with your work.
If what you complete doesn’t meet someone else’s expectations … it is no concern of yours. The way someone else perceives what you do is a result of their own experiences (which you can’t control), their own tastes and preferences (which you can’t predict), and their own expectations (which you don’t set). If your choices don’t match their expectations that is their concern, not yours.
Your concern is to do the work, not to judge it. Your concern is to fall in love with the process, not to grade the outcome. Keep your eyes on your own work.
How can we stay interested in the task at hand whenever we are bored, lose focus, willpower, lack passion or motivation?
Become A Pro
Setting a schedule does not make you a professional. Following the schedule makes you one. For one week follow your schedule without letting life get in the way. Then start again. Enjoy the journey!
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”
By Martha Graham
Once upon a time there was a young woman; fragile and delicately manufactured by a sheltered life. Unfortunately an unexpected blast broke through and got to her. The exposure was surreal and daunting.
Of course there were sitcoms, movies and cartoons – her favorite channel- for escape and exposure to life. She was in a real bad way; withdrawn, cautious and a recluse until the storm came. Her environment had completely changed.
She gave up on her dreams, goals and did almost nothing to celebrate her life. She believed that the weather would always remain dreary and unpleasant. Fortunately the weather never stays the same. She eventually became accustomed to its fickleness; no longer afraid.
Lulls came and left; awareness restored and complacency departing. Her purpose began to form as time passed. She surveys her environment now; disturbance has been her greatest teacher.
Today she is braver; a warrior. Of course the elements granted her grit, persistence, resilience and a robust heart. Filled with insight, confidence and optimism; grateful appreciation; faith in God and mankind isn’t extinguished.
“He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.”
― Abraham Lincoln
A good book is a secret door; we all need to walk through these secret doors 52 times a year or much more. I’ve probably done so already because of my daughter. Whether it’s homework assignments or just reading for pleasure these doors are magical and fun. Thank you Mac Barnett for your insight and wonderful books.
Sometimes I feel that this is true, but honestly no two people respond in exactly the same way. Therefore this statement is false.
Imagine a day at the library. We go to the library for information that we need. If we focus we will eventually find it within a required time. How can you lose?
The internet makes information much easier to find at any time. Therefore a whole day is not required to find it. How can you lose?
Social networking on the other hand might just take all day. We follow people allowing their influence. What happens? We react to whatever is said and done. It takes restraint and discipline to not succumb to any one thing. However, most people don’t practice common sense. What do they have to lose?
Did I give you too much information? Let’s just use whatever common sense we possess.
“Don’t leave hold of your common sense. Think about what you’re doing and how the technology can enhance it. Don’t think about technology first. “
– Esther Dyson
There I am. My name is Marcia and I’ve just recently discovered that blogging is a way to keep writing. I have attempted to blog without training. In the end, I’ve gone for days, weeks and months without writing anything. Don’t get me wrong, I still have billions of thoughts and ideas. If only I can just communicate them to anyone willing to read them.
I am ambitious: opening three blogs, but then my reservoir is running on empty. I’ve lost my confidence. If only I can remember and remain focused on why I got started in the first place. This course might just be what I need to enhance all of my blogs:
I love my photography and others work of art. I share many of them on my Facebook page: Extraordinary Living but I would also like to produce more blogs. Blogging 101 would certainly inspire me as it includes photography.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve swerved off course. My new goal is to find the right tracks with some help from WordPress. Blogging benefits my daily life and my critical thinking has improved tremendously. It’s been a long time since I’ve been organized. Disciple will lead me to productivity and greater success. Word Press has convinced me that blogging isn’t ranting nor a waste of precious time. I hope that you benefit from whatever my labors produce as well as achieve your dreams as I seek to fulfill mine.
And off I go. The second hand is ticking on the wall clock as my timer begins. I am free writing for my assignment. It would be horrible if I can think of nothing, but all morning my mind has rested on something. I need to write down my goals for today. I’ve already highlighted the most important ones. I hate getting to the end of each day with the feeling that I haven’t done my best. I love the rewards too much.
This morning I couldn’t make myself get out of bed. I just wanted to stay there and meditate just a bit more. It’s good to have an internal alarm, then I can’t press snooze. I sometimes press snooze for one hour a total of 6 times and lose a whole hour of preparation for the day. To add, my cat “Duchess” has also walked up and down the bed stepping on my chest to get me up. She is quite heavy.
Briefly my mind went over what happened yesterday. Don’t hold it against me but I am holding a grudge. Why do we expect so much from another person, then give so little back to them in return? This is my problem with the other person. I don’t like to fight so I am now in my passive mode. Stepping back allows me the opportunity to calm down and let go of the problem for as long as I most possibly can. If this doesn’t work then I will still have to face the problem. When I do, I am usually ready and in a much better frame of mind.
It is so wonderful to have no thoughts in my head. I can actually understand the statement “Just be”. This allows me to feel the energy that others bring. Oh how clearly we can see what they think or how they deal with us. It is sometimes a rude awakening. What power it presents. I can get use to this quite quickly. If only I will practice this all of the time.
The minute hand hasn’t reached twenty minutes yet. I am sorry but I’ve got to make sense. I will not hit publish until I’ve corrected my sentences. Of course I must do so within this twenty minutes. This was not as hard as I thought. If only I had written 500 words or more, oh well.
Time Magazine’s “Pictures of the Week: Sept. 5 – Sept. 12” are astonishing to me. I seldom make time to view them. When I was younger I would grab as many of my father’s Time Magazines to savor every image. I hardly make time now, but I find that it’s still good for my heart and mind to see them. It astonishes me how small my world has been without them. It’s good to pay attention to world events for we all benefit from an astute awareness to everything that’s happening.
If my blog is ever recorded in an audio book I would be surprised and appreciative all at once. My daughter Olivia is who I’d chose as the narrator (if Robert Downey Jr. is not available). I consider my daughter to be exceptionally gifted (as I do Robert Downey Jr.).
I ask a great deal from my Daughter as I give her my very best. I just know that she would give me the same. (Even Robert Downey Jr. warms me with his choice of words and his ability to enjoy his work.)
Maybe I should tell you that my daughter is present while I type tonight. (She said, “Hi”.)
The usual grind fades quickly. My mind forgot the previous path. Of course the sunny days, warm sea, light commutes and extra hour of sleep remind me of how happier I’ve become. Yippee, something good is happening to me.
Everyone is moving at a reasonable pace. I barely know what to do with my time. It is all mine. Fate is kinder to me because I now have much more peace than I ever did in the summers before this one. I must have done something good. It is quality time.
As a kid this very long span of time changed everything. Traveling to my grandparents meant that I could get away with almost anything. Casualness: bare feet, yard clothing for climbing and romping around in mischief replaced school shoes and uniforms. I hated when summer ended for it meant responsibility and facing my insecurities.
Much older now, summer is a short and sweet blink. My daughter’s joy is propelling me. She is the kid now. She is barefoot and romping around. This reward was hard earned.
Summer is ending magnificently, we welcome school and work. It’s not as bad as it once seemed. Everything is more appealing. Rejuvenated, contentment , confidence and delight now replace my once catatonic state of mind.