It's been a while my friends and for that I offer up my sincere apologies. Many of my Facebook followers have seen my wailing posts of dismay over my having fallen victim to a horrible case of writer's block. It's been a bad one. I just couldn't shake it so I had to do a little research and a bit of soul searching to figure it all out and I did. That was the first hurdle, the second was actually coming to terms with the problem and conquering it and that's what I'm going to do right here and right now.
I toyed with the idea of keeping the issue to myself but decided against it because the underlying purpose of this blog journey I'm on has always been full disclosure in the hope that I'll help just one other person who might be going thru the same thing. It's never mattered what the issue has been-- what to make for dinner, self care, physical fitness, eating issues or missing home-- at the end of the day we really are all the same. We all struggle with this stuff from time to time and sometimes it takes just one person to say something, share a struggle or offer a suggestion, and it makes the light bulb go on, you have that "aha moment" and it sets you straight again. So here we go.....
I was going nuts with the blog posts, I was on one hell of a roll. There was no shortage of blog material because I was finding EVERYTHING interesting and the words just flowed and flowed and flowed. Better still was the fact that I was getting feedback from my AWESOME readers (you!!) which meant that I was reaching you!! How cool is that? The mission was being accomplished.
Then one day I came across a comment that really struck a chord with me. I had shared my blog on one particular site and an individual made a comment. This person had the opinion that the blog should not have been shared. Mind you, the comment was rather innocent and this person was not attacking me or the blog content, just the location of where I shared it. Seems simple enough-- innocent enough-- right? Well, I guess so except for one thing..... artists are inherently sensitive to anything remotely resembling criticism of their art form. Writing is my art form and that itty bitty comment (and the virtual shit storm of comments from other readers in defense of my blog that came thereafter) sent my confidence into the toilet and blocked my stream of consciousness and creative vein so full of cement that I didn't think I'd ever be able to write so much as a grocery list without wondering if it was good enough.
Great, I figured out why I had the problem, now what? I tried everything to pull myself out of it and nothing worked, until today. A friend of mine posted the following video on Facebook and it changed everything.............
I had to Believe. I had to remind myself that this is my passion. I love words and emoting and sharing and this is the stuff that comes naturally. God gives you gifts and its up to you to figure out what they are and make the best of them. I had to Believe in myself and trust in my abilities. It starts with me. I know what my intentions are, I know that I only want good things to come of this journey and I know that the words I share can and will touch someone out there and that just maybe it will help in some small way.
I sure hope the person I helped today was you...........
Here's some sugar for ya, how can you not love this kid?
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