Day 223/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.
Your time will come! That bright idea that 's been brewing in the back of your mind for months. That piece that you've been mulling over with your coffee each morning. Or that project you've been contemplating on your morning walk.
Life is a progression of events, ideas, successes and failures. That's what gives it texture, interest, something to talk about. The fodder of stories that are handed down through families and traditions.
When you have an idea, just get out there and give it a go with no expectation than to bring it to life and give it a life of its own. Maybe its purpose is to show you the next thing. Perhaps it's not meant to be the image that you have in your mind, but the next step to support you to form another image, and then another.
We put so many obstacles in our way. So many doubts and so many fears around not making it that we never really get to give it a go. God knows that I have been paralysed by fear more often than I care to count.
To counteract that I took the idea that instead of doubting myself I would just do it. So time and time again as bright ideas arrived, I'd give them a go. They'd fly and flop. I'd have fun and get bored. A sure sign that I wasn't going to commit to developing the idea further. My motivation is that the idea needs to keep me motivated.
I'm not putting my time and energy into it if it doesn't juice me up.
We have willpower and we know we need to take action, yet I'm pretty sure it's not about white knuckling it.
You can be persistent, consistent, and action oriented on the idea that wants to sore without expending unrealistic effort. The energy that is available for us is completely free. The project will draw that energy or it won't. I wouldn't be working against the great forces of nature to meet someone else's expectations or mine if I've been sorely influenced by someone else.
Your time will come, and so will the energy and resources for your idea to fly. Trust in the natural order of things.
366 days Towards Self-Mastery
When I considered my New Year's intentions for 2020 I had just one: To allow my heart to love what it loved...and let it lead me. (If not now, then when?)
I've spent months working on integrating my life. To live life more fully with my home life, my interests, my work, my responsibilities, all coming together, all connected. I want to give each the attention that they desire and need, and still have time and energy for the others. That means living and working from the heart.
As I was clearing out my bookshelf over the Christmas break I discovered Simple Abundance. I set it aside to explore it on New Year's Day as I lazed through another delicious day of nothingness. Sarah, the author, says this book is about living in grace. Living in grace I realised, is about Self-Mastery.
My thirst for understanding the human condition has driven me all my life, and hand-in-hand with self-mastery it has been a life-long goal. And seeing as I love to write, that living in grace is about self-mastery, and I love a bit of a challenge, then if I am truly going to let my heart lead, I really don't have any other choice. So scary as it feels, I'm starting out on a daily mission of leaning into the suggestions of this daybook and making a daily post to keep me accountable. If not now, then when?
I'm Josie. You can find out a little more about me here.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy: by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
This book is written for the Australian and NZ market because it refers to seasonal changes. It's available on Amazon here if you'd like to follow along.