"So, I decided not to ask last week when I didn't see a newsletter, but now there have been 2 Sundays without newsletters. I have to ask, what's up? I checked my email and Facebook. I'm missing your words of wisdom, but I just wondered what is going on."
That's such a great question. I wish I knew the answer. Last night, I sat looking at the screen for quite some time. Nothing came. Usually, whatever I write pours out of me, like someone is dictating to me and I'm typing wildly to try to keep up.
Last week was the same. Blank screen. Nothing came.
I started to analyze why. I know I've had a bug all week that took a lot of energy out of me. Maybe it was that. I received a negative rant about one of my Facebook posts. Maybe it was that. I've felt discouraged about Tread attendance. Maybe it was that. I haven't walked in a week. Maybe it was that.
The truth is I don't know. Of course, the fear is my writing muse is gone forever. Maybe I've run out of wisdom or encouragement to share. Used it all up.
I tear up as I write that, because I know what a lie it is. My source is the fountain of living water, which is endless. I'm simply in a valley.
The good news is, I've been in the valley before. I know how to rise up. I know how to reach out to my source of wisdom and encouragement, refill and renew. Here's how I do it. I sing. I dance. I meditate. I pray. I lift heavy weights. I walk. I take photos of the sunset. I help the person in front of me. I choose to think about the best case scenario, not the worst. I write anyway, and send it, even if I think it's not very good.
So my mantra this week will be Do It Anyway. Because I know that feelings don't create action, it's the other way around. Taking action leads to feeling better. If I wait until I feel like it, I'll be in trouble.
If you feel down or off course lately, I get it. If you are in a valley, I understand completely. Let's do it together. Let's keep the faith and do it anyway. I'm with you.
When you're weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I'll dry them all
I'm on your side