“They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.”
– Eric Hoffer
Do you ever go through a dry spell?
I don’t mean a bad mood, or a lazy day. I’m not even referring to the intensity of “Writer’s Block”. I have dozens of topics I could write about, scribbled in notebooks throughout my home.
My problem is the motivation to actually sit down and put thoughts into their written form. This has carried over into Twitter and Facebook as well. So I decided to write about this lack of inspiration, more for my benefit than anything else.
One reason is absolutely clear…I have spent more time reflecting, more time sharing with others, more time in gratitude. Not to mention my mind has been dominated by certain positive thoughts and changes.
Secondly, I have a lot on my plate right now. I have short-term and long-term goals:
- Prepare yard for summer
- Finish Website I’ve been developing for a local church
- Transition “LifeAisle” to my own hosting space, change layout, improve ease of use
- Begin diet, continue exercise
- Return to Nursing (part-time)
- Earn IT certification, seek work from home
- Pay to become licensed LLC. (for website work, marketing, social media integration for small local businesses)
- Continue leadership roles within family, peer groups, and community
Just writing these goals out is therapeutic. Having them roll around my head has been like walking around with a weighted backpack. Once I am able to complete some of my outdoor work and website work for the church, I will finally be able to breath.
I have been unemployed for 2 years now. These years have not been a waste. Rather they have given me the ability to grow and reflect, an advantage that is almost unheard of in 21st century America for someone in their mid-20’s. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on perspective), the time has come for me to return to a productive role within society.
Can’t promise to write every day. But as life begins to settle down and slow down once more, I know I will feel the pull to cater to my creative side once again. Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. Just temporarily reducing the priority I give this blog.
But I love it too much to leave it. Love it too much to reduce it’s role in my life for long.
Give me a week or 2.