Friday, May 07, 2010
When I was a kid, I always wanted one of those little diaries with a little lock. And when it gets right down to it, all I really wanted was the little key that fit in the little lock. It was so cute :) But I never got one. They were too expensive for us. And I did not earn enough pocket money to get myself one. Truth be told, I never actually wanted to write in the thing. My logic was this: why write something private in a little book with a little lock with a little key that you could break anyway? Plus, what in earth would you write that was so private?
Fast forward to today... the plethora of blogs is stunning. We think it and so surely someone is already blogging about it. Profound thoughts. Funny thoughts. Educated thoughts. Ironic thoughts. Transformative thoughts. They are all there. Even the most private thoughts.
What changed? Why do we blog? What happened to the little diary with the little lock and the cute little key? Why are we letting the world in on that which we used to keep so private? What do we learn by writing? How do we grow by writing? And today it is rare that we get through a day without reading at least one person's blog somewhere on the net. Why do we read them? What do we learn through the sharing spirit of others?
For those on SP who journal and/or blog, I wonder why we do one or the other or both. How are the two outlets different? This is just fascinating to me and I wonder for myself. I have morphed from a little girl who rarely wrote and certainly never wrote down any of my private thoughts to a person who enjoys the daily contact with the world. I keep two blogs at the moment: SP and my gardening blog. I have had other venues for writing in my professional life as well: a NING, a TWITTER Feed and two BLOGS for education.
Any reservations I had about writing private thoughts have diminished. It seems that I test the waters of a new idea more readily in my blogs than I could ever have imagined with the diary. Sometimes I face the blank screen with apparently nothing to say and an idea will pop in and the words flow. I usually learn something about myself by the end of the blog. With my gardening blog, I often learn about the memories I have and how they have transformed over time. In SP I often gain motivation for my journey through the words that emerge as well as the comments I get from others. It's almost as if my blog is a guardian and spokesperson of the work I do now for my health.
And today I learned that deep down I still do want that little lock with that cute little key and a little photo on my blog just won't cut it!
And you? Why do you blog and/or journal? Do you have a blog outside of SP?
QUOTE: "Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts." ~Arnold Bennett
MANTRA: Every choice is an opportunity. Every opportunity is a choice. ~ March 2010
Photo of the Day: Today's Sunrise on My Mountain
Thursday, May 06, 2010
"Feelings follow Behavior" is the title of a chapter in a little book I picked off a bargain table recently. The book is called "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart." I read little snippets of it here and there. It is like the old sayings were have heard all our lives: you've heard these things before and some days you pay attention more!
There was a line in the chapter that struck me up side the head. "If they say, correctly, that doing things they do not feel like doing is difficult, I acknowledge this and ask if 'difficult' means the same thing as 'impossible.' Soon we are talking about things like courage and determination."
I think we often use the terms "difficult" and "impossible" interchangeably and yet they are drastically different! We flippantly exclaim that things are "IMPOSSIBLE" and yet are they really? What is the difference?
Of course some things in life are difficult! Making a living. Finding a job. Raising our kids. Going to school. Doing the chores. Making good choices about what's for lunch, dinner etc. Getting up and moving. And perhaps depending on our circumstances, our moods, our level of motivation, we add one of the two words:
"Finding a job is difficult." or "Finding a job is impossible." Really?
"Getting up and moving is difficult." or "Getting up and moving is impossible." Really?
"Making lunch today is going to be difficult." or "Making lunch today is going to be impossible." Really?
And my mind goes to two very different places when I add one of those two words. When I say some thing is impossible, I stop. I do not try. I have not other plan. I feel defeated.
When I say something is difficult, I reconsider. I try. I have a next step. I feel hopeful. I feel determined.
The SAD thing about the State of Impossibility is that there is no hope and it is a one way street in and there is no exit. The UPLIFTING thing about the State of Difficulty is that it has no entry fee, no visa required, and the borders are limitless. All you need to navigate the State of Difficulty is determination and courage. And when you add courage to your day, you act with courage and then you FEEL courageous. And then anything seems possible!
I look back at the start of my journey with SP and I can see that subconsciously I had said that the journey was going to be difficult but not impossible. There has not been a day when I said, 'No way.. this is impossible,' and then shrug and hang my shoulders in defeat. Every day I come to SP and I read about the determination of so many out there. Setbacks seem temporary moments of "impossibility."
I woke up this morning somewhat blue. Not sure exactly why. I guess things are on my mind. And then I thought back to that little phrase about feelings following behavior. And then I decided that ACTION, ANY ACTION, would be difficult today but NOT impossible and that my feelings will follow that behavior.
So, I am gonna fling my blue mood out the window and dig out some determination today. I'm sticking with the State of Difficult rather than the State of impossibility. YEAH!
QUOTE: "We have all been placed on this earth to discover our own path, and we will never be happy if we live someone else's idea of life." James Van Praagh
MANTRA: "Ever choice is an opportunity. Every opportunity is a choice." March 2010
Photo of the Day - Just looking at my mountain can dissipate a blue mood!
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