In the words of Stephen Covey, "Begin with the end in mind." As I age, it becomes more obvious that my mind loves the process of writing, reading, word-ing. My practice goes from short, micro bursts of creative thought(s), to more intentional, directed writing, as is the case in my first ebook that will be published soon. There is a focus and a drive that fuels my writing passion. Not so much to produce written work, but the way I feel when I am writing and when I put the pen down is my true motivation.
When I get some of these thoughts out of my head and down on paper, I can see why they bother me, excite me, or why I feel like I MUST share them. "Thoughts are things" as Napoleon Hill is quoted so often. I prefer to learn from mine. I have experience with ignoring them that was not so pleasant. Take regret, for example. As a thought, regret can lead to destructive behaviors and addictive personal choices. Put regret on paper, in black and white, and it has no power to destroy, and recovery from addiction is possible, if you chose. The value of a revealed regret is zero, zip, nadda. When viewed from the outside, thoughts like regret can change. It is my experience that as soon as I physically wrote what I thought was regret, it began to dissipate, and as I wrote about it more, it would completely disappear. Life without regret is possible, and is my goal, the end for which I begin my journey to wellness through writing.
It's not the situation that's causing your stress, it's your thoughts, and you
can change that right here and now. You can choose to be peaceful right here and
now. Peace is a choice, and it has nothing to do with what other people do or
- - Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD
"Trust the process and the practice of wellness through your writing. Benefiting you and all around you, it is the gift that keeps on giving." ~Janet Arnold