I have devoted myself to an idea. The readers of this blog are already over the hundreds, within a short time, my idea is this blog will be read not by hundreds, but thousands. I figured something out through trial and error. I figured out that in order to be a writer–one must actually write. haha Yes, I know, profound idea!!
I came across this quote somewhere online and saved it to my phone a week or two ago. It struck me as interesting when I read it but I don’t think I realized just how moving it was until today. I love when Mysterious Flow works behind the scenes when your conscience is totally unaware Flow has snuck in.
A couple weeks ago I devoted myself to an idea to simply write more. The next step was to make it happen, which I have. Sitting down to write is almost as natural as breathing especially when you’re in the flow. Not knowing what will come out of me when I sit down to a keyboard is half the fun of sitting down to write. The process of creating is in itself a very natural human experience. In The Tao of Writing, Ralph L. Wahlstrom said it best, “Creation is both the act and the celebration of this magic, the fleeting mystery that is to be alive. Creation is what we do while we’re alive, to be alive. Creation is what we do until we die.”
Next is to struggle on it. I have had my fair share of time struggling on it. No doubt the ugly process of struggling on it has been happening for a very long time. Sometimes when dealing with our dreams the struggling happens more internally instead of any external forces. Yes, some dreams are restricted by other people standing in our way. For example, having the dream to win the Daytona 500 doesn’t happen just because you make the race. You would still have 42 other drivers with the exact same dream going against you.
But for most of us, our dreams are more personal and require us to face the next line head on: Overcome Your Fears. More times than not, when we are obstructed from our dreams the largest obstruction is our own fears. I know I have written about this long ago but I was reminded to look it up again here. In the WAR of ART, Steven Pressfield puts it better than I could, “Are you paralyzed by fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. So, if your paralyzed with fear, it’s a good sign. It shows you what you have to do.”
I love the last sentence of the picture because it is so me. Smile. Don’t forget this is your dream. Anybody that has been around me at all knows I’m a smiler. I can’t help it. It’s in my DNA to smile (unless its first thing in the morning). 🙂 In other words, smile, take it easy, have fun with this, this is your dream so it should be fun. Sometimes we put so much pressure on ourselves to accomplish our dreams that we lose sight of the fun we set out to have.
So here’s where we are. I’m ready to smile big and dream big. My intention is to reach over a thousand subscribers to my blog. I’m not setting a timetable to it. I’m simply going to keep writing and keep smiling and let the mysterious flow take care of the rest. If you would like to be a part of the flow, I would be honored to have you along for the journey.
What is the idea you are devoting yourself to? Are you in the process of making it happen, struggling on it, overcoming your fears? If not, are you stuck? Or simply sick of dreaming because you have been let down too much in life? This is your shot! Life is what you make of it. So Smile! Don’t you forget: this is your dream! 😉