When I was a young mother, my dearly beloved Mother-In-Law shared with me a quote from Father Theodore Hesburgh, the former President of the University of Notre Dame. Father Hesburgh said, “Take a stand whether it be wrong or right; take a stand. There is no greater place in hell than for those who do not take a stand.” Now, I don’t believe in hell but I do believe in taking a stand.
When I’m on my game, I have big energy and could probably move a mountain. But when I’m off my game, I am drained, exhausted, and spent. There are no mountains moved, only gazed at longingly. I do love the Arizona mountains. Do you have on-game and off-game days? Have you considered why?
So many people spend their time and energy searching for inspiration in the wrong places or waiting for it to magically appear one day. Inspiration will come to you when you actively search for it. This article is about generating inspiration if you’re in a creative rut and four powerful ways you can start doing that today.
I was listening to Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat Pray Love. She was discussing her success with Eat Pray Love and the daunting task of writing a new book. How could any new book compare to Eat Pray Love? Elizabeth wanted to quit after that big success. Instead, how did she find her way back home.
I love Thanksgiving. It’s a time where we acknowledge gratitude. This Thanksgiving let us do something different. Thanksgiving is a time to share with others how grateful we are to have family and friends in our lives. There is nothing wrong with that. This year, let’s find something great in those around us. Let’s switch out grateful for appreciation.
How do we deal with discouragement? You are trying to achieve a dream. You are really passionate about your project. Things aren’t going well. Someone makes fun of you. You are feeling down on yourself. Something fails and you are in this place where you are so discouraged that you just sit and power binge on Netflix all day. There are four things that can help you deal with discouragement.
Follow your passion and you will never have to work another day in your life. Go after your dreams and money will follow. We are bombarded with this notion on a regular basis. I hate to burst your bubble. Practicalities in a career choice are known as survival. Dreams coming to fruition are more of a rare phenomenon.
A strong gust of wind blows in the forest. Which tree is left standing? The tree that bends. The tree gets relaxed and bends. It lets the wind just flow over it. That’s not the same thing as being a door mat and letting someone walk all over you. Surviving a difficult person is like a tree allowing the wind to just blow over it.