Writing is the process one follows to learn what is already known deep within: it sharpens the spirit, disciplines the mind and leads to solutions. In the spaces between words and solitude observe what happens when words and silence meet. Words matter. Pay attention. Write to learn what you know.
Maryanne mbl Radmacher
We all participate in our personal evolution in a way that is unique. But we often grow in two distinct ways: towards our foundation where what we do is embrace our true self and our essence and towards a new beginning where what we do is fulfill our vision for the self that we must become, the truest version of us. Embracing our development is, by its very nature, about arriving at radical self-acceptance- that embrace of our true self- while pushing ourselves into the rest of the story we see for ourselves, into the rest of our purpose. And we can’t shy away from deliberate conversations with ourselves to get to that place of awareness, authenticity, truth.
I don’t think we can be casual about our contemplations, I think we have to make room for awareness to happen, for self-acceptance to arrive, for authenticity to reign in our lives. If we don’t make that room and time, we might begin to live inauthentically, and living inauthentically deteriorates our souls. There are so many ways that we can make awareness happen: through earnest conversations, thoughtful contemplations while we drive or walk or rest, by journal or blog or other writing. As you can guess from the opening quote, today, I’m thinking about writing tools.
A few weeks ago, I introduced the concept of 3 Small Questions to you. The small questions really aren’t so small but the idea is that you answer them in just one simple sentence. A sentence that gets you directly, quickly to the truth. In that post last month, I introduced you to 3 small questions and asked you to answer them for yourself every day for a week. Today, I’m back with three more small questions for you to ponder this week.
Why did I do what I did today (you can focus in on one specific choice, behavior, action from the day)?
What do I cherish?
What might I do differently?