Yesterday marked the last day in the 15 Day Writing Challenge that I participated in with Jeff Goins and I thought now would be a good opportunity to reflect on the previous two weeks.
He packed a lot of great stuff into those 15 days and there were a lot of challenges that really pushed me to go places where I didn't feel at all comfortable, but I went anyway. Except for those times when I didn't, but they were few. And, I had really good reasons.
Nevertheless, there are several pearls of wisdom that I'm taking away with me that I've discovered are equally valuable when applied to other areas of my life, in addition to writing.
I've learned that I'm the one who gets to decide who I Am and I have room on my head for more than one hat, even if some of them don't fit perfectly yet.
I've learned that it feels really good to keep my word to myself, even if it means following through on a commitment to get up 2 hours earlier than I normally do. Coffee helps.
I've learned that even if I'm not quite ready to take the Really Big Scary Step, there are several smaller, less frightening ways I can sneak up on it.
I've learned that I'm much more adept at changing my perspective than I give myself credit for and that it's also a skill I will artfully twist to avoid a particularly uncomfortable task. I prefer to look at it as a form of invention and innovation.
See what I mean?
I've learned that anything worth doing well takes practice, patience, and persistence.
I've learned that I really can make a difference and if I have the courage to put myself out there and stand up for what I believe in, I won't be standing alone.
I've learned that it's very comforting to have a friend's hand to hold when the bogeyman is lurking in the shadows.
Every major accomplishment, and a lot of minor ones too, deserve a celebration. It's not much fun partying alone, so I'm giving away one of my favourite little pocket books as a Thank You for spending some of your time here with me. Entitled If You Want to Walk on Water You've Got To Get Out of the Boat, John Ortberg applies the biblical story in Matthew 14 to our everyday challenges.
All you have to do to qualify to Win a copy is leave a comment here and share how you either:
- got out of the boat - walked on water, or - what walking on water would look like to you, if you could muster the courage to dip a toe in.
Because this is about getting up and getting moving, not nestling further into the sofa cushions, I'm putting a very short time limit on this Giveaway - midnight on Wednesday, June 27th - so, what are you waiting for? Come on in, the water's warm.
"Say Yes. Be generous. Love more. Trust yourself. Speak up. Slow down." Patti Digh Author
"We're all downstream." David Suzuki, Environmentalist
"It's impossible, that's sure. So let's start working." Philippe Petit, Wirewalker
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I'm a Superficial Dabbler - I know a little bit about a lot of things and I'm an expert at none of them. I’m a city girl with a country soul, a curious nature, and a very short attention span. I believe that animals are angels wrapped in fur, come down from heaven to model unconditional love. I'm also profoundly blessed to be married to the man I prayed for and God provided.
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