What’s Your Vision?

Sometimes I think about blogging, but I don’t feel inspired to write anything. Then, the thought passes and before I know it, months have passed without a single post! I love writing, I enjoy reading the words and thoughts that I layout on the screen, yet getting to that point sometimes takes quite a bit of time.

Why, though?

Hesitation. Fear. Lackluster attitude.

How many unforeseeable great pieces of writing never had the opportunity to navigate their way out of my thoughts and onto the keys? Makes me wonder! And it makes me realize. I. Need. To. Write!!

I read a quote this evening by Jane Yolen:

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

How stinking true! This doesn’t only apply to writing. If there is something that you want to become better at, you need to work on it daily. I have the tendency to let “motivation” get me started, the feeling of excitement carry me along, and then like the shifts of the tides, I lose my “passion” for a period of time and remain stagnant. At times, even regress. That’s where I’ve learned something. Motivation is such a shallow word. We give it too much power, and then blame our “lack of motivation” for our failures, as if we were not able to accomplish anything without it. However, what I’ve realized is that the initial idea of wanting change is easy ::cue motivation:: but the act of pursuing that change, day after day, and continuously putting in effort even when you don’t feel like it, or when you experience hiccups along the way – that is all you, Love! Yup. It’s the truth. Motivation isn’t doing the work. YOU ARE. Motivation isn’t the thing picking up that pen, lifting those weights, reading those books, cleaning that house. It’s. All. You. I know this because you can accomplish all of those things even when you are not motivated. That brings me to my next point. How much do you actually want change? It’s one thing to say, “I want to write a book.” and “I want to get back in shape.”, but it’s an entirely different thing to fully immerse yourself into the lifestyle that will achieve he results you want. I should know. I’ve been wanting to write that book for roughly 6 years now. 😉

My gratitude for being alive was often masked by my tendency to take certain things for granted. So what will center my thinking and keep me going? Perspective. How you see the world, and how you see yourself, is everything in my opinion. It is what will bring you joy, empathy, compassion and drive. Have a vision, and live it everyday.

Love and Blessings,

AJ