I was presented with a rare gift last week. A new friend called me out. Not out to gamble, not out for drinks. He called me out with my writing. He opened my eyes to what I’m currently doing, or not doing, and he challenged me to be more. It was not an easy conversation to partake in, and believe me when I say it was a conversation—not a lecture. The tone was encouraging, motivational. Anthony Robbins without the sugar coating.
I’m still wrapping my head around it. Still coming to terms with how to take the next step. But the one thing I do know, is that these moments are unique, and it’s best to recognize them when they come. These people that come into your life, sometimes randomly, sometimes accidentally, they’re not really happen·stance. They are messengers. But what we do with it is up to us. Have you ever been called out? How did you handle it? I’m curious….
One of the things I do is to mark my progress by my birthday. I never want to be in the same space I was at my last birthday. I always want to make sure that I’ve accomplished more, have grown more, and developed on some level by a measurable amount from the last birthday. Sometimes it’s quantifiable, sometimes it’s internal.
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But with writing, it’s different. The obvious, and much remarked, next step for me is to write a book. Not edit one, write one. And I am living in the middle of so many books and stories, the opportunities are overwhelming. So, where to start? It is absolutely and completely possible to get off your lazy ass (and me mine) and step up to the plate. I liked Kelly’s Peace Corps links the other day about writing a novel in 100 days. It doesn’t *have* to be a novel, you know.
Anyway, I have lots to chew on. Who’s doing the same? Lets gab.