I got an excellent start on my next book along with completing other writing work (which included my blog posts and updating my website).
So despite the chaos I find myself currently living and working in, I’ve still managed to have a fairly productive week.
What’s my secret? Learning to stop fighting what I can’t change and just go with the flow. (In other words, Let go and let God.)
There’s a lot of distractions going on right now in my life and biz (not the least of which includes a massive house remodel) and there’s no question I could use any or all of them as excuses for not moving forward with my writing. But instead, I find myself sitting down each day and getting my writing done in a relatively efficient manner.
It’s not that I’m doing the “no excuses” thing (in other words, denying or repressing the distractions or my feelings around them). Rather I’m embracing my feelings. I’m allowing myself to feel everything — irritation, anger, frustration, sadness, guilt. And while my feelings haven’t shifted enough where I’ve stopped having those feelings, what HAS happened is those feelings haven’t stopped me from getting things done.
I’m able to work. I’m able to write. I have uncomfortable feelings but I don’t feel like they’re controlling me. I don’t feel like things are bottled up inside me, seething beneath the surface, ready to erupt at any moment. Instead the uncomfortable feelings are simply THERE — not interfering, not terribly intense, but are simply part of the background. Like having the television on in the other room with the sound on low. Sure it’s there, but it’s just background noise, not a part of the action.
There’s no question it would be nicer to not have those uncomfortable feelings at all. (And it would even be nicer to not have the distractions that are causing those uncomfortable feelings either.) But, for now, at least I can still get my writing done.
Maybe this is what it actually means to be centered. You don’t fight what is, you simply accept. And feel. And breathe.
Until next time.