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Playing Small

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The suppression of who we really are in our relationships causes comparison and the side effects are shame and playing small. — Lori Harder, A Tribe Called Bliss Playing small. Reminds me of another quote: Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to...

Thorns in the Flesh: The Essence of Creativity (and Personal Growth)

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The essence of creativity lies in a sensitivity to defects. — E. Paul Torrance While reading Why Fly? A Philosophy of Creativity, I came across the idea of “thorns in the flesh,” which, in the author’s words, means “finding answers to questions, no matter how ridiculous or impossible those questions may at first seem.” He suggests never ridiculing or suppressing the...

What’s Holding You Back from Creating Your Art?

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I was reading David Kadavy’s book, The Heart To Start: Win the Inner War & Let Your Art Shine, when I came across this line: “If you’re looking for the heart to start making something, you need to understand what forces hold you back.” Why hadn’t I thought of that? (Seriously, that’s not sarcasm.) We can’t move on to the future or stand confidently in the present, if we’re holding on to our...

Gift Inventory

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I always think of gifts in terms of financial ones — physical ones, and I never can afford what I truly wish I could for a person (no matter how I’m doing financially). I was reading Wayne Dyer’s 21 Days to Master Success & Inner Peace and came across this quote: “Work on your personal program of self-love, self-respect, and self-empowerment, and create a huge inventory of what you wish...

But Do You Think You Can Create It?

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When people find out I’m a writer, it often evokes a response like, “I would love to write” or “I have always wanted to write a book.” When I ask why they don’t, I’m met with a hint of embarrassment and, “Oh, I wouldn’t know where to start.” Usually, with a little encouragement and some hard numbers (“If you wrote just 250 words a day, which you could...

Implications, Willingness, and Wishes Fulfilled

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I’ve been exploring the idea of changing one’s thoughts. I started paying attention to my default state of mind and — having the full awareness of how difficult change and creativity and making anything worthwhile already is — knew I needed the best possible start and foundation if I hoped to succeed. I sought out books like those of Wayne Dyer and Napoleon Hill. Here were two men who, in spite...

Stories Make Up Whoever It Is I’ve Become

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I went to a used bookstore the other day. The owner started talking with me and said how nobody reads anymore. That’s sad, but I get it. Attention spans are shorter. Competition for them is higher. Maybe we’re busier. But, then again, I don’t get it. I was reading a book by Peter Orner (Am I Alone Here? Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live — probably enough said right...

A soul can be saved. The world won’t help much.

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A soul can be saved. But it will take softness and depth and space. The world won’t help much. — John Ortberg At the beginning of his book, Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You, John Ortberg quoted his friend, writer and professor of philosophy Dallas Willard, who said, “Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your...

Guiding Quote

A house extends skyward.
Like a tiny but proud cathedral,
it wishes to generate the highest
and the best in its inhabitants.
— John Truby

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