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Friday, October 12, 2012

Do you Judge Your Writing?

Photo Courtesy of Sarah Staaf Photography
I always feel better when I'm writing; while I'm writing life feels easier. Does this mean that writing is my "gift"? I'm not going to say that grammar is my gift. Ha! Although I do indeed enjoy grammatical correctness. I feel pleased when I see a perfectly formed sentence, but I am not knowledgeable enough about grammar to know if I am forming sentences perfectly or not. I graduated high school with awards (I was awarded for my perfectionism perhaps), and I have 3 years of post-secondary education...What gives? Should I not have the English language mastered by now? 

Okay, I realize after that paragraph that I do not feel quite as good about writing when I am analyzing my grammar as I do when I'm not analyzing. So, maybe I will simply write and hope that I am forgiven for any and every mistake. I think it's quite possible that other people are far less critical of my grammar than I am of my own. In conclusion, writing may or may not be my gift, but if you are reading this because you're a writer and you struggle with writing for the same reason I do, then I hope you keep writing no matter how likely you are to judge your own work because your writing is probably really awesome!

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Is This a Growth Opportunity?

It's sometimes really easy to see the bright side of a situation, but other times I really need to reach out to a friend, or to my mother-dearest, to see the silver lining of a seemingly crappy scenario. When you're faced with an awful circumstance, do you tend to see that no matter how terrible it may appear, it's presenting itself as an opportunity for your own personal growth?

I think it probably annoys my friends when I speak my truth: I can empathize with their hardship, but once I've empathized the most I can, I explain to my friend how their situation is actually benefiting them. Maybe my timing is all wrong because a lot of the time I get that look of "you've got to be kidding me?" 

But, it's true, right! When adversity strikes, the opportunities abound- that's when our options expand and we begin to see our freedom of choice. If one morning there is no cheese for our cheese omelet, then we have to choose to go plain or spice it up with something that might turn out to be our new favorite omelet ingredient!

If you run out of cheese, next time, see the opportunity for growth in all your new choices :)

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Experiencing Self-appreciation

I thanked mySelf for the essence of who I really am because who I am is who is experiencing this world. Who I am is the person I will need to spend the rest of my life with, even if there are other people I need to care for and share space and time with. I need to be at peace with the essence of who I am and somehow this self-photography helped me to do that.

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