Switch On To Positive

Two friends“Wow! I thought she’d forgotten about us ,” Ethel said .

“No  way. She knows not to be gone for long ’cause we’d make a scene, and it would not be scenic.”

“But here she is with something we need to think about:  a negative scene or a positive scene, and let’s hear her out before we make any scenes of our own.”

Yes, before you get out of bed in the mornings, make certain your body switch is on the positive. You need this close by your bedside table or wear the switch around your wrist. Better yet, set it the night before inside your mind. This is crazy. No it is not, and we need to take a look at the possibilities of hitting the day in a positive mode.

Lately, a lot of people (of all ages) have been commenting about the time change on November 2, 2014. “Hey, we get to have another hour of sleep.” Or, “how can I make up an hour of sleep from six months ago.?”  Just forget it. I look at the clock and if it tells me the time, I go with this. Of course, some people still complain that the time is okay, but their bodies do not agree.

It does not matter what time zone you are in or the spring forward and fall back bit, you can get up in a positive mood with the switch of your thoughts.

Have you ever awakened and thought, “This is going to be a crappy day?” and then it turns out to be a crappy day. What if there is a switch you can adjust in your sleep and wake up to a positive attitude and a positive, productive day? Yeah, just say it and it’s almost there.

We are in tune with the world and the events of the day, BUT, we are writers and we can make any day we want to sing with the sunshine. So get used to the mind switch from negative to positive and try it every day in your writing world. Oh, yeah, we still need conflict to keep out story moving forward and drawing our readers inside the covers.

Sure, you do. It is an important part of your writing life. And note, I said writing life. You can create any area for your protagonist or the antagonist, and that is your job. But, if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, the negative side, you will taint your story with all the wrong feelings. And then there is the possibility you wake up in the best of moods, and your characters become happy-go-lucky, when they should be cautious and suspicious.

So, what should we do as writers? Wake up, be quiet, and feel the day unfold. Do you have a window in your bedroom? Look out through the blinds. Is the sun starting to rise? Or are you too early? Does the taste of anxiety fill your throat? Or does the feel of anticipation of new chances fill your mind? You can control how you look at the new day. You cannot control how it will turn out.  You need to switch to the positive side.

If you go back to the sun rising, you turn yourself over and forget about a new day, you are turning the positive switch off.  You will never get your work done. I’d suggest you let the sunlight into your early morning life, or at least the light clouds, and continue your day with positive thoughts, positive words, and get those fingers to the keyboard. It is the early morning vibrations that propel you and your thoughts forward. Do not let the negative switch have an opportunity to ruin your day.

Remember, only you can move the switches between positive and negative. Think positive . . .and reap the benefits for yourself, your family, and your readers.

May your positive switch hold all of life for you and your writing.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, taste the experiences to the utmost, reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”

Be positive. Be happy. Write with conviction. Write with gratitude to being positive.

“See there, Ethel, she was just on a mind journey to give us something else to think about.”

“Yep, you are right, Edna. She needs to do this more often.”

“Keep positive, Ethel.”

 

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WRITING AS A HEALING TOOL?

energyNow, you have a chance to use your writing as a healing tool. Does this mean you need to journal every whim you feel? No, but let’s take a look at what we can do to help ourselves survive as a human being and a writer, at the same time.

Our brain helps us, as writers, engage in new characters and ignite relationships with characters. These relationships can be positive or negative, and we have to decide which it will be. As positive writers, we push our characters forward and make steps to improve their lives. Then with the negative, we give our characters a glimpse of the downside of their lives. We are the controller of characters. As writers, we can heal the past.

Open a 3-ring, notebook and begin with an original trauma you cannot put to bed. Free write. Do not stop and read. Forget spelling, punctuation, or any other format. What you want to do is write how you feel. You might have 5 or 50 pages. You might write for an hour, or two, or three. Do not count–just write. Once these feelings come out, you can name them, and see how they take on a different attitude.

Skip a few pages and write these findings to another person. This is your invisible partner and you can pour out all of your feelings from what you have learned. Let your sub-conscious dictate your words and feelings. Do not go back and change or erase. Let your free write take over your mind and paper. Yes, you heard right…a pen or pencil. No keystrokes allowed. There is something interactive between your head, heart, hand, and pen. Let go and give your hand and pen permission to write from corner to corner, across the page, turn the book upside down and write. There are no rules, just writing.

Another part of the notebook is for editing. This is where you put distance between what you wrote so you can vent your frustrations. Put your censor in a box and lock the lid. Read again and label each feeling with your own choice of words. Keep writing. Once the words appear for the labels, you will be surprised at the difference you have for any troubled parts of your life. Each day, you can conquer a label.  These labels are your ‘gut’ reaction, which comes from deep within. Do not change, but if you want to add something try a different colored pencil or draw a picture.

This is YOUR notebook, YOUR feelings, YOUR labels.

Next time, we will see how creative writing cam come from what you have discovered about yourself. Close your notebook, smile, and know you have traveled a long road in a short time. You have conquered the hard work, and now your creativeness will flow.

HAPPY WRITING.

WRITING RETREAT IN THE GLASS CAGE

unicorn danceThe doorbell chimed and I led the other three writers out the back door to our remodeled back porch. We replaced the outdoor screens with windows, installed a fireplace for cool days of fall, cold days of winter and a waterfall for spring and summer. What shocked them, was a glass cage attached in a corner. Inside was a table, small desk, bookshelves, and all the amenities of the whole porch without intrusion.

“Ladies, welcome to my glass cage. I can see everything and hear nothing. I can be in tune with nature and all of her seasons. Before you leave, you will see the twilight turn into darkness and watch stars sparkle. We all have something different, which represents our writing too. Have you heard from the mystery ladies?”

Heads shook.

“Well, let’s get started. Each one will read their allotted pages and stop. Then say nothing until all of us make our comments or suggestions. Then the writer can address our points.Fair to all of us.”

The evening moved at a fast pace and each writer got good comments and many laughs went around the small table.

“Since this is spring, our treat will be Angle Food Cake with a yogurt topping of your choice; both small in calories.”

‘Hey, we need to let our minds run free and encourage our brains to work better,” one of the group spoke. “We write for our stories and use our imagination, but we have to plot, form, and follow. What if one of us picks a topic and then all of us write whatever comes into our minds.”

Raised eyebrows came, but pens and notebooks began to fill the table.

“The topic for this evening is ‘what wakes you up at 3 a.m.’ Be creative.We have ten minutes and then we read.”

The evening ended in giggles, smiles, laughter, and  whole lot of positive thoughts.

“Guess we are back to Paris next week and maybe our new friends will be with us. They might get a jolt at the way we are improving our retreats.”

As they started to leave, the promised stars shone into the Glass Cage.

“Good Night.”

How Do You De-Stress?

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Stress hits all of us every day and how we handle our stress points are what makes us unique. There are fingernail biters, fast food junkies, nibblers at the fridge, the pieces of candy hidden in a handbag or drawer at the office. What about the candy dish set out for friends?

Stress is out there in so many disguises it’s hard to know where to begin. Sometimes, the thought of even getting out of bed for another day of unknown happenings, produces stress. Have you ever gone to the grocery store to be faced with so many choices? How do you handle the advertising, the latest medical news on foods, and feel good about what is in your cart? What about the stress brought on by yourself? You mentally beat yourself up for not doing the best. The best of what? Sometimes we have no idea, and this brings on more stress.

We can be our worst enemy. We torture ourselves and pay the price with stress. Okay, we didn’t write for three hours. The revision still needs another go-around. Or, we skipped our work-out session and feel guilty. Some chores did not get done and this makes one feel another guilt trip edging closer. Company is coming over for dinner and you make a quick check – no desert and no time to make anything.

Are you like the lion and roar about everything? Or do you see yourself as a kitty and feel the purr start? We have to listen to ourselves and decide the best way to put all the guilt trips into the garbage. How long has it been since you had a huge, belly laugh. The one where your eyes water and your insides hurt? Why not? Because stress pulls us down and we let it.

Things do not always go as planned and we need structure. Not all the time. We need to give ourselves permission to deviate from the daily grind. Maybe the quick visit with an old friend took us out of the ‘list,’ but what happened? You made two people happy; your friend and yourself. We all need more times like this. You have a new book, but feel guilty when you sit down to read. Take this break and fill yourself with pleasure.

Think of pleasure as your reward for being you. A walk after a spring rain and smell the freshness. The sound of the CD you never got around to playing, and yes you can dance by yourself. The golf game you should not take time for, but do and feel so much better even if you didn’t get the best score. The different way you drove to an appointment instead of taking the same route. The scenery change can change your attitude. Think of all the different changes you can make in your life and feel the stress melt away, day by day.

Purr like a kitten and let the lion roar. Each has their own de-stress manner. Now is the time for you to make your life a little more alive. Grab the moment.