“Fear Overcoming” ~ matted print 2012
I find that taking steps toward truth and happiness in my life sometimes involves risk…sometimes it masquerades as the basement dweller fear. I have found that the best way to go down this path is to ask myself one question:
What do I know to be true right now?
When summer was in its infancy (and our area was barely busting 60 degrees), I was trying to decide what I was going to do work-wise when the kids got out of school. With all of the hemming and hawing (one of my spiritual gifts), I asked myself this million dollar question. I grabbed the nearest chewed up pencil and scribbled what I believed to be true right now:
~The summers are limited before my children are gone from the nest.
~Romantic get-aways with PH are great for our marriage.
~Lasting family memories are made by traveling to fun and exciting places…with sand spilling out of the suitcase on the back-end.
~Getting a tan in front of a glowing computer screen in a hot studio office makes me cranky.
~Reading more than is humanly possible in one summer can only make me more interesting.
~Long stretches of writing will help me see where this being an author thing is really going.
~It takes focus and drive to whip a post-40 body into shape.
~I want the Ameena Project shin-dig to be so fabulous (and succe$$ful) that we will want to do it again next summer.
Now here’s the not-so-fun list I knew to be true swirling around my summer decision:
~It takes $____ to pay my studio bills for three months.
~I need to get up at the BCOD (buttcrack of dawn) to get my writing and reading done.
~There needs to be a daily run involved to combat the yummies going in the tummy via the pie-hole.
~I need to find someone to comandeer the pooches while we meander all over creation.
~Editing will need to be done for work in the cool of the morning (see above..BCOD).
When I wrote it all out this way…guess what?
No one died.
It seemed do-able. Strangely do-able for chick like me who seems to make everything so ridiculously complicated.
I like to ask this question when I feel the hand-wringing coming on….like when I’m faced with taking a certain job for my business…or going on a trip…or volunteering for something.
Just the facts, ma’am.
That’s all we ask, for crying out loud…then I can see how truly cut and dried a decision is really is. (Remember When it’s not a “Yes”, it’s a “No”)
Do you make things overly complicated? Please tell me you do.
Totally need one of these:
Happy weekend, lovelies!
Adventure awaits—will be back posting in a week!