Nothing is so strong as gentleness

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.” – Saint Francis de Sales In today’s world, I believe there’s often a strong expectation to push ourselves, work hard, go faster, be better, do more, achieve extra,

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Every sunrise is an invitation

“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day.” – Jhiess Krieg Have you ever gone to bed with a pit of dread in your stomach? That was me last night. Just before I closed my

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Be willing to be a beginner

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” – Meister Eckhart Something I struggle with regularly is this idea that I’m the sum of everything I have done so far in my life, but I’m also the sum of everything

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Pause.

I am pushing the “PAUSE” button on my writing. I want to write this book, but right now I am fighting it (and it is fighting me) every single day. I know why, but I also know that I am

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Trudging Through.

I am simply putting one foot in front of the other right now. I’m not sure if I’m enjoying the ride/writing. I am beginning to wonder if I might be better served by dedicating extended blocks of time to my writing, and

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Finding Positivity, Despite Myself.

Well, true to form, I crashed and burned for a reasonable chunk of today. We packed the bus and drove, and I was really tired. Writing time came around at 9pm tonight instead of my recent starts of 10:30pm or

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The Real Fight Is Internal.

You may have noticed that this blog reads like a tug of war, or a rollercoaster ride. I’ve noticed that I’m oscillating between two versions of myself: The guy who loves to write and is so excited to have the

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Rain In My Soul.

I really didn’t want to write tonight. But, turtle steps and all that. So I wrote a few hundred words, picked a picture of a storm, and posted a blog. Job done. Back to the book I’m reading, and back

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Turtle Steps.

I learned a new saying a few days ago, and it wasn’t until I sat down to write tonight, that I was struck by how perfect it is. “Turtle steps.” Next week we’re working at an Indigenous school in West Arnhem

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Just Shia It.

Tonight I felt completely like not writing. But since the practice has become more habit and less conscious choice, I started anyway. I learned tonight – again – that the hardest step is the first one. Typing the first sentence

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Relax. It’ll Get There.

Today has been a cruisy one. We had a delightfully lazy start, despite the fact we were moving on again. We relocated to Darwin, setup the bus, and went for a swim. I’ve just finished a relaxed effort of 500-some

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Keeping My Balance.

For the longest time, especially during my worst depression, I just couldn’t seem to find any balance in my life. I would oscillate wildly between full-on work, then full-on fitness training, then full-on creative projects that earned no money, then

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All I Wanted To Do Was Sleep.

It’s true. All I wanted to do tonight, instead of writing, was sleep. We hiked with the kids through Litchfield National Park for most of the day. We swam in waterholes, jumped off rocks, and let waterfalls cascade over our

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Growth Takes Time.

Things that are worthwhile rarely happen instantly. They take time to grow and develop. At least, that’s what is going through my mind as I continue the journey of writing this book. I added another 500 words to the book’s

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Take One Step Forward, Each Day. Repeat.

I’ve noticed a shift in how I’m feeling about the act of writing. For starters, I’m getting more excited each day about my writing time. I’m no longer resisting sitting down to write. Instead, I feel increasingly drawn to it,

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The Integrity Breach Alarm.

It was bound to happen, I just didn’t expect it on the fourth day. I broke my commitment. I didn’t write at all yesterday. Not on the blog, not in my journal, not in my manuscript software. Wanna hear my reasons? It

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Every dark tunnel has a light of hope.

My writing feels like a dark tunnel, today. And I need to confess something. I haven’t even written anything for my book yet. My hope is that writing a blog about my day will fire up the muse and get the words

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The warmth of beginning something new.

Goethe penned a fantastic quote (stuck on our refrigerator) which goes something like: Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. * (* Turns out this may

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That which you cannot ignore.

Occasionally, I get headaches. Or stomach cramps. Or bizarre middle ear infections, but only in my left ear. Lately, I’ve had all three. This is a sign, to me, of something my soul needs to do that is being denied.

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Another beginning. And soon, a completion. 

Last night I realised that I really, really wanted to finish my book. The one I’ve been writing since the start of this year. The one I’ve been talking about for a lot longer than that. The one that just hasn’t managed

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When all else fails, create something.

I learned something this morning. Well, re-learned, actually. Pamela Slim gave me some great advice at the first MisfitCon in Fargo in 2013: When all else fails, CREATE SOMETHING. This morning, I woke up feeling heavy and depressed. I planned

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What’s the point, anyway?

Well, what is the point? Of what, you ask? Oh, you know… life, work, anything… For some reason my subconscious threw me this question as I started to write. I figure something in me needs to see this answered and

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