Rekindling that Flame

Yay, fire!

Yay, fire!

You may have noticed that I’ve been absent from blogging for almost a month now, and before that, I’d been pretty inconsistent.  I’d still been working on my novel, sorta.  Actually, I wanted to work on it more than I actually did.

I’d sit down at my computer, then stare at the screen for awhile.  I’d type something.  No, I don’t like that.  Delete.  Type something else.  No, I don’t like that either.  Maybe I should go back and edit the beginning.  Maybe that will get the creativity flowing.  It got to the point where I’d more or less paralyzed myself.

I’m one of those people who either does it all, or does nothing.  So I wasn’t writing, I wasn’t editing.  I wasn’t blogging.  I wasn’t getting much productive done in my personal life either.  My motivation was completely blah.

For me, I have to get to a crisis point in order for anything to change, and I got there last week.  I decided I was a crappy writer and maybe it was time to just give up.  Stop writing my novel.  Stop writing short stories.  Stop blogging.  Just enjoy reading other people’s work and realize that not everyone can be a writer.

Lucky for me, I woke up the next morning and though, “Well that’s bullshit.”

Excuse my language.

Maybe my novel isn’t ready to publish today, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be next week or next month or next year.  Maybe it will be ready when I’m 90 years old.  Who cares?  I enjoy writing.

I’ve had a few short stories published.  I enjoy writing them, and it’s good practice.  So even if I never have another one published, writing as a hobby is much better than playing hours of Candy Crush.  While I do enjoy Candy Crush, I can’t call it productive.

And blogging?  Well, it’s good practice too.  Through my blog, I’ve connected with other cool writers.  And who knows? Maybe my words will encourage someone else who’s going through a similar crisis.

Impossible?

Happy Motivational Monday to you!  Are you glad to be headed back to work on this lovely morning?

“The person who says something is impossible should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”

-Chinese Proverb

Yes, it's a purple cabbage.  But isn't it pretty?

Yes, it’s a purple cabbage. But isn’t it pretty?

I’ve always loved this quote, because it reminds me that most limits only exist in your mind, and you can do almost anything.  I prefer to think nothing is impossible; it just hasn’t been done yet.

I was reminded of this quote yesterday when I read an article about a blind painter.  He creates wonderful works of art through touch, using textured paint.  Even if you’re not interested in the article, scroll through and take a look at the paintings.  It will remind you of all the possibilities out there.

One last thought:

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible!”

-Audrey Hepburn

Enjoy Everything

On Motivational Mondays, I post something to set the tone for the week ahead.

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”
-Charles Spurgeon

Here's a picture of a cute dog with a penguin toy, for your Monday enjoyment.

Here’s a picture of a cute dog with a penguin toy, for your Monday enjoyment.

Remember, all experiences have value.  When you put it in perspective and look at things as learning experiences, they may become less painful.  It’s Monday, not a firing squad. Find something to enjoy, even if it’s as small as your coffee, the sound of the rain, the feel of sunshine, or your favorite song.  Today’s tone is up to you.