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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.
“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf
“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt
Monday, March 3, 2014
Monday Musings: Perspective
Since I'm a fairly emotional person, meaning I feel things intensely and can have strong reactions to what I feel, my perspective can shift pretty frequently. It's been a lifelong learning experience to tune into what I'm feeling to ensure that my perspective is accurate.
Here's an example. My health has challenged me this year and I have had very little energy until fairly recently. As soon as I started feeling more normal, I wanted to do more things. I already folk dance, write, sing (which involves practicing 3 times a week), read, play guitar, etc. A friend mentioned she was going to a tap dance class and the best part was that it's free. Well, I tap danced as a child and quit way too early. Have always wanted to do that again. But last Wednesday I was exhausted from not sleeping the night before and didn't go. The next week, on Tuesday I had a really "off" day. Couldn't focus on anything, and I'd been excited about having a clear calendar so I could write for more than a 1/2 hour or so. On Wednesday, I started thinking and journalling. I realized that although I was feeling much better and had more energy, I still only have just so much before I become overwhelmed. My priorities right now are my novel and Sugartime (aside from hubby and family and friends, I mean). And the writing is very challenging for me because I am having to use craft techniques that don't come easily and I feel quite insecure about it. To add something else on my plate that would be challenging, even if it would be fun, just didn't feel right. So I decided not to take the class.
Perspective. It is so important. I feel very proud of myself that, rather than beat myself up for not being able to go do something I obviously wanted to do, I got clear that it simply wasn't a good time for me to do it.
How do you keep your perspective?