Welcome to Following the Whispers blog
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
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Insecure Writers Support Group - December
Once again, thank you Alex J. Cavanaugh www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com, for creating this group and for making it such a success. It a real blessing in my life.
So, where am I in my writing life? The Wishing Steps is out there doing it's thing. I'm not paying any attention to what it's doing. That's not my business.
I am writing a series on my blog about the journey towards publishing the book - all the wisdom I received during the six years it took to complete the book. I have no idea if that series is resonating with anyone. I can only hope that my process will be helpful to someone else. Just like writing a book. We can only hope that the story that means something to us will mean something to someone else.
I am filled with gratitude these days because something in me has shifted. I no longer take things personally that people say to me - things that used to cause deep wounds. I can speak up and say something makes me uncomfortable or ask questions to clarify rather than assume they mean something they don't. It's been interesting. Lots of conversations about communication and how important it is to communicate clearly. We can think we're saying something completely innocuous yet it could have a negative impact on the person hearing it. It makes me understand why the world is in such an awful state. If we have so much trouble communicating clearly with friends and family, imagine the problem our leaders have communicating with their staff and with other countries.
I am niggling with the thought of beginning work on a novel I wrote the first few chapters of over 20 years ago. Not sure if I want to tackle writing another book at this point in my life. I'm turning 67 in April and it's been nice actually being retired and not feeling driven by the need to work on my book.
But the truth is I'm a writer. In every fiber of my being, I have the need to find the words to express what is in my heart and put them down on paper in a way that makes sense and helps me make sense of me and my world. So, stay tuned...