That’s the word, the concept, the brick wall I keep bumping into.
I can’t seem to get past it. I’m supposed to celebrate, though I don’t know how or why. That’s not entirely true.
I have plenty to celebrate, and I’m getting a lot done. I sometimes feel overwhelmed at all I am fielding, but I had to be reminded today that change is good. That’s what we want right now. Still, change can be painful or hard to grasp.
The trick is seeing the joy in the hard parts, and it’s joy that gives us strength for the hard parts.
So I came up with some reasons to celebrate, starting today. Today is the end of Carnival and the beginning of Lent, but it’s also just today. Today is reason enough to celebrate.
If joy gives us strength, then celebration is my new gym membership.
I am trying to make celebration part of every day this month, but at least I will check in every week here.
What are you celebrating this month? I’d love to hear your ideas.
As we celebrate another New Year and new month today, it seems appropriate to also celebrate the things I love. You, my dear, will always be at the top of that list. This will be our tenth year together, and it sometimes seems like yesterday when I first saw you and knew you belonged with me.
We’ve been through three houses, two states, and countless boyfriends over the years, but you are always my number one girl.
I can count on you to be there. To be happy to see me. To show me the unconditional love I often forget to show myself.
Yes! It’s time to announce that LUKE is actually finished…
We’re doing the line-by-line now. Publication is imminent
Here’s a blurb:
Luke Lacroix, a once-promising athlete, lives a blissfully mundane life. Content in his solitude, he meets Jenni, a woman who lives a life of boring excess where excitement comes at the expense of others. Jenni and her husband Tim play games with people as their pieces and the world as their board. These two worlds meet in a tragedy of errors and one of them learns a hard lesson.
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Say you have a flower you’d like to pot. First, you have to put dirt in the pot. Better yet, put some gravel down and then put dirt in the pot. If you just plop the plant in the pot, there’s no way it will grow or thrive. It needs nourishment and a stable environment.
That’s self-love for a writer.
We have to fill our pots with self-LOVE before we can expect to nouish anything else. That includes our writing.
I’ve talked about HOPE being the reason we keep writing (because if we don’t HOPE, we’re lost). Now we need to realize that LOVE is the reason we can write in the first place.
LOVE of words
LOVE of writing
LOVE of communication, or a message, or a medium, or whatever…
Without self-love, we might as well be dry-potting plants.
We have to LOVE ourselves as much as we LOVE writing, and I’ll tell you why:
ZERO other people can do what we do
not because writing is hard or because we put in the time or because we’re special.
I mean, yes, all those things, but also, no.
I mean, no one, absolutely no oneelse, writes what you write, how you write it, and for whom you write it.
No one writes like me. No one writes like you.
In order for you to value your work, you must first value the person who created it.
This holiday season, LOVE yourself first and see how much more LOVE you have to give others and, yes, your writing.
December 7, 1941, was one of those days that people remembered.
For my generation, that day is 911, September 11, 2001.
The day we all remember where we were, what we were doing, and how our lives changed.
This generation will likely remember the outbreak of COVID-19.
Think how blessed they are that this event didn’t spark a war. Think how blessed we all are. We are not in conflict with each other, at least not on a global scale. In theory, anyway, we are “all in this together.”
We are living through a time of relative PEACE, and for that, I am supremely grateful.
PEACE is like health in that we don’t notice it so much as we notice its absence. We notice when it is disrupted.
In talking about PEACE, I want to first talk about grief. Events big or small affect us when we lose something or someone.
Those moments can be extra poignant around the holidays.
We go through denial, anger, bargaining, and finally acceptance.
I think PEACE, especially for writers, especially for this time of year, is about accepting what we can and cannot do. Accepting that this time of year is hard, accepting that we may not be as productive as we want to be, accepting that we may want to murder our family members at some point.
Accepting the dark and scary parts of ourselves as well as those filled with light.
Accepting the PEACE offered by other people, by God, by the universe, or whomever. Accepting that all you have to do is accept.
This year, I challenge you to notice and appreciate all the PEACE in your life.
Cultivate PEACE where it is lacking whether that’s a difficult coworker or a disruptive family member. Lend a hand and you will receive one back. Watch and see if it doesn’t happen.
And finally, accept the PEACE you have in your life, offer it to others, and let it surround you.
I found myself scrolling Facebook and feeling envious of all the beautiful families.
I love my life. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
we can all fall prey to that feeling that the grass is greener on the other side.
especially this time of year when it seems everyone is posting some holiday goodness. I’ve learned to be thankful, not just for my life the way it is, but also for my friends and families’ lives and the blessings they have.
I am thankful they are happy, healthy, and blessed.
The grass is not greener on the other side.
The grass is greener where it’s watered.
I submit to you that JOY is an act, a verb. At the very least it’s a choice.
A hard choice to focus on the things in our lives that bring us JOY
We can choose JOY. We can choose to hold fast to those things in our lives that bring us JOY.
There is abundance of JOY in our lives already.
The choice we have is whether to look at that abundance or our scarcity.