Thursday, October 14, 2010
My goal was to post a reality check every 25 days, but I got excited about other stories and I just kept missing my mark. I don’t think it makes a difference either way; I was just trying to keep some consistency. Although, since I’m reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, I’m learning that living in the “now” is all there really is. So I’m going to post when the urge arises and right now, I feel the urge.
The purpose of my reality posts is for readers to see what’s transpiring for me as I tap into my writing passion. As I said before, I have no idea what kind of path this blog is going to lead me down, but I have noticed one major shift already -my day job. I’ve been in Communications and Marketing for years now and I’ve written a lot of material for different clients, but it’s always been a mix. Sometimes the job includes client relations, sales, or planning events and I decided to look for a position that is only seeking a writer (copywriter, blogger, etc). I won’t settle for anything less. I’ll let you know when I find it.
This will probably sound strange, but every time I sit down and write a story and then post it, I’m reminded each time how much I love it. It’s not that I forget; it’s just that I recognize how strong the emotions are around it. I guess that’s a good indicator for passion. It’s funny, I get emails from different people thanking me for my posts or for motivating them and it’s hard for me to process that. I know that I’m personally motivated by other people's stories and I know that I purposely include my thoughts and tips, but I guess it’s hard for me to recognize my actual impact. I’m sure that’s a lot deeper than anyone would care to think about, but I think “rawness” is what ultimately helps other people.
I noticed that my pageviews and feeds have increased with every post. Yet, one thing I’m really working on is this…
In The Power of Now Eckart states, “Do not be concerned with the fruit of your action – just give attention to the action itself. The fruit will come of its own accord… The moment your attention turns to the NOW, you feel a presence, stillness, a peace. You no longer depend on the future for fulfillment and satisfaction – you don’t look to it for salvation. Therefore, you are not attached to the results. Neither failure nor success has the power to change your inner state of Being. You have found the life underneath your life situation.”
I love this stuff! I don’t think it’s easy, but I think its truth. Everyone should read this book!
Another thing I’ve noticed since I started this blog…. When I’m out and about I’ve been meeting some very inspirational people and I’m not even looking, they’re just there. It’s most likely because of what my focus has been on, but it’s still very cool. I’m thinking that if we all pay attention to a person’s essence and not what they look like, how they dress, car they drive, job they have, etc. we would notice many, many more things. It gives us room to observe the “realness” the “being” but it’s hard to see behind years of societal teachings.
I was out to dinner with a few friends recently and they gave me some suggestions about what I could do with my writing. In fact, we all went around the table and shared what each of us would be doing if we were living our true passion. I could see the look on their faces when they expressed it and it was a clear reminder that everyone should just do what they love. It may take awareness first, but ultimately, it will take overcoming fears. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s never too late. Ever!
I think my experiences, this blog, this book, and other things have led me to a mini awakening. :) There is more to go, but I feel closer. I’m not exactly sure to what, but my intuition is telling me something...