There is a Lojong slogan that reads "Having changed your attitude, remain that way." Others might say 'stick to your guns' or my favorite 'stay the course'. Today's challenge is to examine something that has come up in your life whether it be a creative project, a goal to which you are striving, a way of being (kind, forgiving, consistent...) or a practice (writing a thousand words a day, meditating, practising the accordion etc.). You'll know which it is. Trust me.
What I would like you to do with this project, attitude, goal or practice is to decide whether you want to stay the course or change the course.
Let's take the example of writing a novel. You might have one or two on the go or one or two ideas. You are working with one and you feel resistant perhaps. You find it hard to get to, you complain to those who are still left to hear you - that you don't have the energy you used to or you're old or you're out of ideas. Your challenge is to look at your decision to write this certain piece (have this attitude, practice this discipline, accomplish this goal) and decide whether you need to stay the course or change it. The simple unalterable fact is that it is you who gets to decide how your life goes. You might not think that is true but I assure you it is.
And another thing I'm knowing, since I'm in a knowing frame of mind this early morning, is that when we have writer's block or we are procrastinating or we're too tired to 'deal' then one of two things is happening. Either we have scared ourselves about what we have CHOSEN to do or we don't really want to do it.
So, dear readers, have a good hard look. If you decide to stay the course then your mantra is to stop yourself from whinging and whining about it EVEN TO YOURSELF and say "I chose this - hurrah!" If you decide to change the course then your mantra is "I will choose my course - hurrah!"
Good pluck! I know you can do it.
And on another note - here are the pics of the jacket I've been working on for Step-dot's birthday. the slogan from the front is from Tim Burton's Alice and in case it isn't clear it says "But this is my dream. I'll decide where it goes from here." And on the back is a design that is based on Tim Burton's drawing of the Mad Hatter. Whew! Hope she likes it.