- There is no right answer.
- Start with options.
- Choose flow over force….
- …but force if necessary with value-driven action.
- The first two hours are a warm up.
- Anything can be done ten minutes at a time.
- Accept the possibility of making no progress, or a mistake, or a shitty first draft.*
- One thing at a time.
- Even the greats don’t know what they’re doing half the time.
- If you’re not facing your fear, you’re not working.
- Limitations are opportunities for creative solutions.
- This isn’t about feeling good.
- It’s about getting on with your life.
- Negative thoughts can be written down, tape recorded, or otherwise set aside so that you can get back to work.
- Leave room for what you can’t imagine.
- It doesn’t have to make sense.
- You don’t have to achieve anything.
- Final grades are based 50% on effort and 50% on self-honesty.
- It’s okay to take it slow.
- Make your own rules.
* See Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.
maybe there’s a difference between emotions that arise from thinking
and emotions that arise from the body.
in other words, the primary source is the body, not the mind.
they never passed through the mind before reaching you.
these emotions tell the truth, for the body does not lie.
allow yourself to feel them fully.
these are the moments that bring catharsis.
the message will arise if you can be still.
the truth is neither good nor bad.
we do not have a word for it,
and that is for the best,
for we must learn to move beyond words
to define things.
allow yourself to feel
name the emotion, but be mindful of the thoughts
are they adding to a story?
or are they bringing you closer
to the truth?
I’d like to express my gratitude to Eckhart Tolle, whose recent YouTube video inspired this post. His teachings have been life changing for me. I encourage you to check them out.
Are any of these true for you?
-Notifications from social media sites make you nervous
-When you get text messages, even from people you care about, you feel the urge to avoid answering them
-Even though you want to share your thoughts with others, it’s like pulling teeth to write a blog post
If none of these apply to you, it may seem strange to you that anyone would feel this way.
But maybe one or all of these do apply to you.
Maybe you’ve experienced the Catch-22 of social anxiety:
you want very much to connect with others,
yet the very act of connecting with others makes you feel nervous and avoidant!
I’ve known for a while now that I deal with social anxiety.
But only recently have I made the connection that it affects my electronic social life as well!
Now that I’ve realized I have social (media) anxiety, I can challenge it the way I do my “real life” social anxiety.
Do you experience social (media) anxiety?
If you do (or even if you don’t), I’m curious to hear what you think.