My Southern Literature professor showed this in class Tuesday. Enjoy!
Today’s writing prompt: If you were given 1/4 if the living space you currently have, what would you keep and what would you get rid of?
This writing prompt is a little bit different. It’s not so much a writing exercise as it is a personal exercise. What is really important to you and what could you live without? I have recently taken inventory of all of the things I have and made some surprisingly easy decisions that involved getting rid of a substantial amount of my belongings. I feel so much better. It is amazing how just clearing out some unnecessary items can brighten your home and your life.
- Downsizing by Design (tonningsen.wordpress.com)
How many times have you been complimented only to shoot it down and respond with a list of reasons why you don’t deserve the compliment?
Person A: You look great today?
Person B: Really. I don’t know why. I feel terrible.
Person A: You did a really good job on that presentation.
Person B: Well I just threw this together in the last minute. I barely got through it.
In both cases a simple thank you would have been sufficient. Why is it that some of us feel compelled to throw away a perfectly good compliment and reply with a self-deprecating retort. Is it so hard to see that we deserve and are entitled to the appreciation and respect of others? It isn’t. We are worth all the good things that come to us, including compliments. Even if we feel we don’t deserve them it is not our jobs to take the power of a compliment away from the one giving it. Obviously there is something in you the other person feels worthy of praise. Just accept it.
I would like to encourage all of us to appreciate and accept compliments. They are the little blessing that may not be visible to us, but are seen by others. So just take it.
Oh, how I LOVE autumn! Because with autumn comes so many delicious and amazing varieties of squash! It's so much fun going into Whole Foods and seeing the shelves covered with the brightly coloured squashes so when I saw this Blue Ballet Squash sticking out amongst the red, orange and yellow varieties, I knew I had to have it!
I mean, look at how gorgeous this Blue Ballet Squash is!
Throughout my process of learning more about myself I have found that I as well as many all people possess valuable gifts. One of the most valuable gifts is intuition. I have learned that there are certain things that just can not be explained and although it has been a struggle to accept this, I am working on it and getting better at it everyday. I have learned to begin trusting my intuition. My entire life it has never failed me. Most of the difficult learning experiences and challenges that I have faced are because I ignored my intuition.
My definition of intuition is knowing or having a feeling about something that you can’t explain. Our need to place a label on everything leads us to believe that our intuition should be ignored because there appears to be no rational reason for it. Some things can’t be explained, but that does not mean that it should be ignored. Over the years I lost a lot of my intuitive abilities because I did not act on them, but I have experienced an awakening of my gift. I have learned to trust that I intuitively know what is best for me.
I would like to encourage all of us to trust our intuition. It may seem scary at first, but that gut reaction is there for a reason even if you can’t explain it.
- How to use your intuition effectively (knowhowtouseyourintuition.wordpress.com)
I was recently given a great book recommendation by a new friend of mine called The Artist’s Way by Juila Cameron. I was surprised that I had never heard about the book before. I instantly fell in love with it. It is all about unlocking or unblocking your creativity. I won’t go into the entire book, but I highly recommend adding it to your reading list.
One of the things I feel is most helpful about this process is what the author calls Morning Pages. It is essentially keeping a daily journal. The Morning Pages are a mandatory part of the process. You must write three pages each morning before the start of your day. I have intermittently kept a journal, but I was never consistent. I have had a lifelong fear of keeping a journal. My always said that it appeared that those who kept a journal met an untimely death. I also had a fear of someone reading my journal. Those fears were so instilled in me that it kept me from enjoying the act of journaling. As a writer, I was ashamed of not journaling. It felt like something I needed to do. Even non-writers journal their thoughts in some way.
Now that I have made this commitment to a daily journal, I have already reaped the benefits. My thoughts are clearer. Writing in my journal every morning seems to sweep all of the mental clutter our of my mind. I feel more focused. Keeping a journal is personal so there is no reason to feel pressure. My old fear of someone finding my journal lead me to feel that everything I wrote had to be perfect. I would revise my entries and monitor the thoughts and ideas I really wanted to write about for fear that they would be discovered and used to harm me in some way. Keeping a journal is just for you. It does not have to be perfect. I would advise this to everyone.
If you do not keep a journal, here are some things to keep in mind once you start:
- No pressure Your journal does not have to be Pulitzer-worthy. It is just a way for you to express yourself and organize your thoughts
- Don’t hold back How will you grow if you are not honest with yourself? If you fear your thoughts will be discovered, lock your journal away. Don’t feel bad about keeping part of yourself to yourself.
- Be consistent Sometimes your trusted confidant may not be available to bounce ideas off of or to give you advice. This is your opportunity to gain answers for yourself. We all need to trust our own judgement. Journaling can be a type of meditation. Think of it as mental exercise. Being consistent will keep your mind in shape and aid it in growing stronger.