December 8, 2018 – Morning Journaling (Reading Roundup)

I slept in a little bit today and really didn’t role out of bed until 8am. Usually, by 6:30 I’m up and halfway through my first cup of coffee. Today is Saturday, though, and I really didn’t have anything urgent on my schedule. Of course, that means that I ended up with a list of “to do” items that I’ve been plugging away at all day, so I’m just now getting around to my writing.

“Daily Affirmations for Forgiving and Moving On”: Occasionally, this book really shows itself as an AA book. It usually doesn’t bother me but I do take a little bit of an issue with some of the universal statements it makes. There are a lot of “never” and “always” statements the kind of take me out of my reflection. For example, in today’s reading it says “It is never a mistake to love”. I think that is untrue and to put love up on a pedestal it opens up the door for staying in abusive relationships.

“A Year with Rumi”: I just really liked two of the passages from today’s reading:
– This turning toward what you deeply love saves you. Read the book of your life, which has been given to you.
– Move into the emptiness of question and answer and question.

“The Accidental Creative”: I can already tell that I’m going to enjoy reading this book. Whether I end up successfully implementing the techniques in it still remains to be seen, but so far I like it. One of the things I like is that it provides explicit questions and tasks throughout the writing to help people tailor it to their own experiences.
The first aspect of being creative is “Focus”, something I am terrible at (though, much better now that I am on Adderall. I felt like a lot of the stuff described was talking about me. 

Question: Are there assumptions you’re making about your current projects that are artificially limiting your options?
Hmm, I’m sure there are. I have several routines and habits that have ingrained themselves into my daily life. I’m noting this question for a future blog post. 

Question: Where do you find the Ping at work in your life?
Holy fuck, yes. The Ping is that itch, desire, obsession, whatever to check your email or Facebook or phone or whatever. It is a distraction that takes away from our ability to focus and create. I can mitigate this through leaving my phone in another room while working, sticking strongly to a schedule, scheduling entertainment and breaks, and checking email only twice a day.

That’s it for today. Love y’all and hope you have a great weekend. 

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Also, I wrote a book about a cross-country bicycle ride I did!
“Wandering Oak: A Rite of Passage”

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