Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday Challenge

As the New Year approaches the mind goes to goals - to opportunities missed or challenges left undone. I will wait for the actual new year before challenging you to make a new list of goals but today's post will be a getting ready for the same.
Your challenge is to write down every thought you've had around your creativity that includes  regret, remorse, jealousy or envy. Write it all down in gloriously petulant fashion. It could look like this:

  1. My third grade teacher made me mouth the words in the choir because my voice stunk.
  2. I didn't get any grant proposals accepted at Canada Council.
  3. One of my friends just published her third book.
  4. I didn't enter any competitions with my work because I decided there was no point.
You get the idea. Now the second part of this challenge will be to look at each of the items on your list and decide what you can do about it NOW. And by now - I mean right now or in the following weeks. For instance for the 3rd one, I could call my friend and ask her out for lunch, on me, and ask her if she would be willing to tell me about her experience of getting where she is today. I could look up competitions that seem workable and make up a competition schedule for the new year. I could find out when Canada Council is next taking proposals and get back on that horse. I could join a choir. You get it.

Now go! Here is a picture of my granddaughter singing in her choir. Hannah's the one with the hair band and no glasses - right in the centre.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

I like the second part! It's - so it didn't work out then, what can I do to fix it now? It's all in the attitude. Waller in the past or move forward.

And I can relate to #4!

Margot Kinberg said...

Jan - What a positive, empowering approach to dealing with regrets and jealousy. I like it so much! And a great reminder to do what we can and then let it go. Oh, lovely 'photo of Hannah, too!

Margo Kelly said...

I love the idea of doing something about it - - move forward! :)

Faith Pray said...

I love the photo of your darling Hannah! My petulant list involves knocks on the head for lost writing time. My responsive action: get in that chair and write! Gi'yyup!

Anonymous said...


how long is my piece of paper?