Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson: A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles".

Discipline

I never learned to seriously discipline myself until now; now when I am breaking boundaries in my own life — now, when I am 55. So how did I get where I am today without self-discipline? How did I get through my professional training, my post grad studies, my pilot licence, my career, my life?

Pressure. I function really well under pressure; under the prospect of a tight deadline I can work like a dog from dawn to dusk, and through the night if necessary.

But that’s what I’ve done all my life and it hasn’t got me where I want to be, so “If you want something different you have to do something different” (Anurag Prakash Ray) ~ it’s time to embrace my increasing ability to self-discipline and make it my default mode.

If I do that, I can choose my activities and direct my destiny, rather than allowing myself to be swept up in a wave of self-inflicted (and irresponsible) pressure ❤︎

 

 

5xPs

So at the rate I am going I will be finished my first draft by Feb 7th 2017. I don’t say this to boast, but to share that if I keep doing what I am doing I will write my first 80K word memoir (draft) comfortably and without stressing about finding time to write. How has this happened? I have formed a daily HABIT – I call it my “five Ps” – Pee, Pill, Plank, Personal hygiene and Pages. I get up, go for a pee, take my thyroxine pill, do my plank, have a shower and write my pages. 

The 750 words site that I told you about (I discovered it via Marie Forleo) has been a game changer for me. I don’t even understand why this writing “app” should have made the difference. It’s not very sophisticated and there is no way of organising your work other than by exporting it.

But I don’t need to understand it — it works, that’s all I need to know!

My 750 words takes me 20 minutes, but I usually do more. If I don’t know what to write about that day I start writing anything at all and very soon find myself on-topic with a memoir-worthy memory.  Also, it has raised “feelings”, initiated intense self-reflection and uncovered some potential story direction that I hadn’t considered and didn’t expect. Bonus.

If you’re still struggling to find a way to make space and time for your writing, please let me know in the comments and I’ll try to help you out.

xx Seona ❤︎

 

 

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”

Mark Twain; Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World

Love or Hate …

This week’s TINS video (TINS 5: see below) touches on the topic of how we manage our interactions with others, especially online. This blog is not the place for political discussion, but the current American election process is, sadly, the best example of bad human behaviour that I have seen for some time.

We are all functioning from the perspective of fear to a greater or lesser extent; fear is a healthy reaction to perceived danger. It’s our heritage from times in a very distant past.

Our frontal lobe is now new and improved compared to these distant times. When it come to how we react to something strange, different, offensive or “NEW” as Mr Crood (The Croods) would bemoan, We Have A Choice Of Reactions!

Next time you have an opportunity to make a choice about how you react (and that occurs every second of every day) think about your options: Who do you want to be … truly??

xx Seona ❤︎