I’m feeling like Tarzan this week, lots of mood swings and changes.
Life’s difficult sometimes, and as we’ve all heard before it’s what we do with it that matters. What’s our attitude like? Did we learn anything? Can we use the wisdom gained to help someone else?
For me personally, what seems to ease the anxiety and mood swings the most is digging into my writing. Anyone who has read the beginning of my novel, it’s gone. It wasn’t working. So I sat down with my trusty laptop, worked out my scene cards and wrote until my head hurt. I hadn’t felt that good all week. I entered the world of my characters, saw things through their eyes, a different world that I created. I created. What a rush!
A few years ago, the company I worked for held a workshop called “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“. The first session asked about our life’s legacy. What did we want to leave behind? I became so overwhelmed with emotion that I almost cried in front of my coworkers. I had put that dream on the back burner, forgotten due to life’s responsibility. I filled pages of what I wanted. I wanted to write again. I wanted to dream and create again. Three months later I’d written my rough draft.
Where is that place for you that restores your mind, body and spirit? Franklin Covey refers to it as sharpening the saw.
When I was pregnant with my son (he is now 19) I read a book, and I can’t recall the name of it. A particular story stuck with me all these years. A single father was walking his daughter home from school one day while it was pouring rain. Neither had a rain jacket and only one umbrella. He gave the umbrella to his daughter. Soaked from the walk, he became sick for several days and barely able to take care of her. He stated that they should have stopped, had something hot to drink and waited for the rain to lighten. His point was this. If someone doesn’t take care of themself they are unable to take care of the ones they love.
Be good to yourselves. Do something this week to refuel yourself.
Until next time..