Monday, 20 February 2017

Accepting it's not going to happen



I’ve been trying to write a Microblog Mondays post for about an hour now. I’ve been reading a lot of the draft topics I have in my No Kidding Blog document, I’ve added to and edited a longer post that is almost ready to go (prompted by a recent blog I read elsewhere), I’ve read some articles, and I’ve started drafting and discarding several posts.

There’s only so much I can say in an eight sentence post. (Yes, I have stuck diligently to the original suggestion that these posts should be no longer than eight sentences.) I don’t want to briefly address a topic that deserves more attention, and I don’t want to repeat myself, as I know I probably do too much anyway.

So today, as inspiration has failed me, I need to accept – as I have had to do in the past –that sometimes, it is just not going to happen. That recognition is once again liberating, and allows me to feel happy at the good day, and at the other task I’ve been focused on lately, and that is planning travel activities somewhere exotic.

Instead, I need to go outside and enjoy this (rare) lovely day, appreciate that I’m not busy doing a school run or dashing from work to school to after-school activities to a chaotic home, and breathe deeply. 


15 comments:

  1. I feel bad every time I don't stick to the eight-sentence rule (which is every time I write something)... But I also try not to submit a dense wall of text, as that's hard to plough through these days. So I make a tiny bit of effort to stay brief... I'm not sure I have anything today either. There's freedom in accepting that you're not going to write anything, yes. I've had writer's block for a while and also doubts about my subject matter. It's good not to feel stressed about having to slap something up; I suppose that's an advantage of not making a living from a blog...
    Enjoy those nice things today

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  2. The stress of composing a post in just eight sentences was too stressful for me, and that's why I never got started!

    I hope you're working on the post you mentioned on my blog! ;)

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    1. Yes, that's the one I was talking about. ;-)

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  3. It's so tricky to write post in 8 sentences . I m regular at MM@ stirrups but I guess very few times my post had followed the rule.

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  4. I have a bunch of topics pending, then I read something or have something happen and all those get kicked to the curb, so to speak. I would prefer to have the Monday post ready long before Sunday night, but such is not usually the case. Which is why I don't make it every Monday.

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  5. I am always in awe of the posts that are actually 8 sentences or less. I tried to keep myself to 10, but sometimes my sentences are short and then I'm down one. So like Different Shores, I just try to be briefer than usual. :) I love that freedom of giving yourself permission to just know a powerful short post is not in the works today, and so go out and do something fun on a glorious day. Although I think this post about letting go of what you thought you might accomplish when the timing's not right and you're just not feeling it is powerful in its own right. :)

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  6. Sometimes when you let go and accept that the post isn't coming, it magically arrives, like this one :-) Hope you enjoyed your time outside.

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  7. Hey, look, there's your post ๐Ÿ˜€ Accepting it's not going to happen is great advice!

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  8. This is perfect and, as Jess said above, powerful. Thank you.

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  9. I love this. Embrace the vacancy, and you get filled up.

    I forgot about the 8 sentence guideline. Oops.

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  10. I'm all over the place, too but I guess this is what makes us and I think, it is just perfect.

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  11. Bravo, Bravo....
    what a lovely post of acceptance.

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  12. It would do me well to remember this - accepting certain things is not my forte. Very wise words.

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  13. I admire your diligence in sticking to exactly 8 sentences. :) I was always the kid at school who, when the teacher asked for a paragraph, would turn in a three-page short story. ;) Sticking to a word limit was always the hardest thing for me about working in communications. I figure if my #MM post is shorter than my usual ramblings, I've succeeded. ;)

    Anyway, loved your message about acceptance, in all forms. ;)

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    1. You'll note that brevity is not usually my strong point! Which is why I try to stick to eight sentences on MM - I like the discipline.

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