One of my blogging friends, Jeanne, recently posted “2010 in Review 10 Things I Learned.” Her lessons learned stirred some of my dormant brain matter. So I decided to recap my most significant realizations for this past year before writing my New Year’s Resolutions for 2011.
I also liked Shelly’s “Challenge: Fifteen Minutes a Day to Blog for Fifteen Days Straight” idea. So I’m going to try some shorter posts instead of just the usual monster truck posts that haul hours away from my writing schedule.
With that said, here is the first one in a mini series called My “ah ha” Realizations for 2010. I’m sure I’ll slip a few longer reflections in among these post because I can’t seem to help myself when I get into one of those “ponder life” trains of thought.
Realization #1 for 2010: Solitude is Essential
Maybe it’s my age, but I needed longer stretches of quiet in 2010. When I awoke in the morning and before I drifted off to sleep, I would lie still and think. I also spent more time enjoying the stillness of nature. Some of my most noteworthy epiphanies came during these moments of solitude.
During 2010, I wanted to cloister more than ever before. I did this during my time off from teaching. Although my husband teased me for lounging in my jammies all day, I didn’t mind. I used these times to indulge in luxurious writing sessions, connect with cyber friends, and greet new people online who share my similar interests.
Often my cloistered hours included reading. This week’s read, The Creative Life, by Julia Cameron, reminded me of essential truths pertinent to my writer’s life. A previous reader’s underlining resonated with me. Here are a few lines for you to savor in 2011:
- “It’s better by far to be willing to change and improve a piece of work than to stubbornly insist its genius.” –Julia Cameron
- Gina and Kay, the people currently editing my manuscript, will appreciate me reading this.
- “We work weekly at the dismantling of perfectionism and the development of spontaneity.” –Julia Cameron
- I need to work on this daily in 2011.
- “Like if or not, the next step for both of us is small, not large.” -Julia Cameron
- I know I should accept this truth in 2011, but I’m so impatient.
So there you go, realization #1 for 2010