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Monday, July 2, 2012

Advice for the disillusioned.....


The following is a portion of an email I receive from Jeff Goins. It is a blog post on "when we stop believing" in what we write. Jeff is an outstanding writer's resource and has some great advice and thoughts. You can check out other Jeff Goins material at http://goinswriter.com/ . I highly recommend it.



The cure for disillusionment

Living vicariously through the adventures of others is what we scribes, writers, and bards do. Frankly, it’s your job, and somebody’s gotta do it. However, sometimes you just have to get out there and live your own story. That’s what I did, and it changed everything.
Here are three ways I learned to do that — and how you can, too:
  1. Embrace the extraordinary nature of ordinary life. Look around you — you’re living a miracle. Every day is a gift; treat is as such, even when it feels like a discipline. Remember: Without the people in the dark, the person in the spotlight doesn’t shine.
  2. Find ways to be remarkable, wherever you are. Mother Teresa said, “We can do no big things, only small things with love.” Take out your neighbor’s trash; go for a walk. Don’t just sulk; seek ways to make today amazing.
  3. Live a better story. Ditch your excuses and find a way to travel, even if it’s only across town. Serve the less-fortunate through a mission trip or service project, even if it’s in your own back yard. Do something unexpected, like skydiving or planning a surprise date for your spouse. You have opportunities; use them.
If you feel like the work you do is taken for granted, you’re probably right. But that’s what you signed up for. That’s what it means to serve, to tell somebody else’s story. Deal with it, or be done with it.

I choose to embrace the extraordinary, look for the remarkable, and live a better story. Thanks for reading and you know I love ya, Don

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