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Resource Your Creativity

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy,” Henry Ford.

The maker of the Ford motor car had tenacity. Over his lifetime, he designed and implemented many technical innovations to develop affordable cars for the general public. He took on his issues, using his talents and skills, with the resolve to do something better and faster.

So today, think of yourself as a strong problem solver who doesn’t let difficulties stop you. Look at mustering your talents to handle a challenging situation–whether changing jobs or finding more of yourself in your daily life.  List five of your strongest talents on a 3 X 5 card and keep it by you. Whenever you feel indecisive, look at the card and see if you can use at least one of your talents to help you resolve your problem. Go to your journal and write about how this works for you.

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“If you’re a finished product, all tied up & put away, you’ve stopped growing,” Wayne Dyer.

Wayne Dyer catches me every time when I find myself stubbornly holding onto my comfort zone. I don’t know about you, but for me this situation is often about my fear of looking stupid when I want to do something new. It’s hard for most of us to step up to the plate, at that moment of decision, and do something that requires courage and gutsiness. Even with that queasy feeling of indecisiveness, most of us know intuitively that if we just inched out and tried to do this wonderful thing, that we might grow and live a happier life.

So, for your journaling today, explore one of these self-imposed boundaries. Look at a wish or goal that inspires you, one that helps you to grow in a way that is fresh and new. Lighten up with any criticism if you think you might look silly or fail. Notice how you criticize yourself and fight back with your inner appreciator. Next, go back and highlight any steps that you uncovered that might help you move forward in your desires. Put these action steps in your planner today!

Wisdom without judgement.

“Your joy is divine & so is your suffering. There’s so much to be learned from both,” Wayne Dyer.

To hold both sides of a difficult problem before us, choosing to look at the opposing aspect of suffering that is joy, often seems impossible. We usually see only one side, just like we do the head or tail of a coin. During our ruminations, we forget that there are two sides to a situation, plus the part in the middle, and the edges that make up the whole.

Write about one of your biggest conundrums that you see from only one angle. This time, examine it as if it had more body, like a whole coin, with all of its properties before you. Explore what comes up as you take on this viewpoint. Then write for a couple of minutes about how changing your perspective helped you think more fluidly.

“Anyone who is truly kind can never be unhappy,” Confucius

For most of us, feeling in the flow of kindness 24/7 is a challenge. We often bring much of the stress from our days into our being. Then we become crabby.

Today, take a crabby break. Write about what moves you into a happier mindset. See how this improves your mood and your take on life.

“Our life’s work is to use what we have been given to wake up,” Pema Chodron.

Before you go any farther today, breathe in fully and see how the air fills your lungs and elevates and widens your chest. Notice how the life force in your body fills and empowers you from head to toe. You are becoming rooted from within.

Now bring some examples of your heart’s purpose into your empowered state. Feel the hum of passion awakening you to what only you can bring to life. Today, take one action step that would move you forward in this purpose. Before bed, write for five minutes about this process. Relish the feeling of giving from the heart!

Living fully!

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you,” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Emerson wrote about many important values in life. And this quote hits at the heart of living fully! In his opinion, self-expression is not an option!

So my challenge for you, dear journaler, is to look at your life right now and be honest about what you really want to accomplish using your talents. What gifts from the heart do you want to share that you haven’t? Write down a list of at least five of them. Afterward, journal about one desire for ten minutes. Highlight any small steps you may have uncovered to move you forward to manifest your passionate dreams!

“Friendship makes prosperity more shining & lessens adversity by dividing & sharing it,” Cicero.

Writing about how friends can be a shining light in a dark corner of our life is a way to remember the good parts of living fully. As we appreciate these connections, we honor our common human journeys. We are better for the giving and the receiving of love. So write about a time when you were low and how your friends came to your side. I found this to be so poignantly true when my mother died after months and years of declining health due to Alzheimer’s disease. Friends brought soup to provide sustenance, loving hearts to share the sad moments, and kind words to boost my spirits when shopping for groceries seemed like a mind-numbing task.

So seize the moment today and write about the value of your friendships! You will provide a soulful respite for your spirits!