The prompt says August 30 but I am really writing on September 1.
Life has been like that lately. I intend for something and then life walks past me before I am able to lift myself from my chair. It isn’t the Bakersfield heat that is doing it, instead it is the way I have been holding on to stuff there is no need to hold onto.
I made a fascinating observation the other night.
I haven’t made any long term goals for myself since my brother died five years ago.
I had so much pain that year I guess part of its echo was “Don’t plan anything because life isn’t a forever thing anyway, you’re heart is going to be crushed consistently anyway and guess what, it is like John Lennon said, ‘Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.’”
My first book bore the title, “Don’t Let it Take Two Death Threats” and it told the story of my “escape” from a conventional lifestyle after two of my clients with severe schizophrenia threatened to kill me. I experienced more personal growth during that time than ever before but somehow I lost track of those lessons in some of my intervening years.
Back to the prompt: how I’m gearing up for the Fall –
I am using this week as a mini-home-based retreat to focus on clearing away old projects and making space for new projects. My eldest daughter is leaving for her semester at University of Edinburgh in Scotland tomorrow, so everything will instantly be simplified.
That is the biggest thing I am doing right now to gear up for the Fall: I am stepping back and looking forward at the same time. I am not letting it take two death threats or the anxiety of skin cancer or anything else for that matter get in the way of my primary mission – being a part of changing the world for the good via writing, creativity and just me being myself and helping you, my reader, just be yourself.
There is great freedom in this, like the smell of the Autumn air, or the crisp moments between darkness and sunrise.
I’m so grateful you are reading.
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Julie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She isalso an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield.
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