If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

Morning Ritual

Learn how to turn frustration into fascination. You will learn more being fascinated by life than you will by being frustrated by it. Jim Rohn

Anyone out there fighting frustration?  Feeling like the day’s not going according to the plan.  Little things like a slow driver, a grumpy cashier, a whiny friend or a nervous stomach are setting you off more than usual.

I have been experiencing this lately.  I thought it was because of the news, the demands of my part-time jobs or this messy house, except those are not new issues.  Something else was draining me.  For the last couple of weeks demands on my day are beginning earlier than usual.  Classrooms to visit, a doctor’s appointment, a workshop, and a medical procedure were altering my morning routine and I wasn’t writing morning pages.  For nine days!!!

Morning pages (see Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way) are three journal pages written upon first waking up.  Mine contain pieces of remembered dreams, unfinished business, things I need to do, different perspectives on troubling information.  I’ve been writing them for years now, only occasionally missing a day or two.  It’s my way of getting in touch with my Muse, my spirit, my more creative self.

Maybe I thought I wasn’t needing them, that my busy-ness was enough.  I know that weeks of not having enough to do can be troubling.  But this ongoing frustration, albeit low grade, had a solution.  This morning I picked up my pen and began to talk to the page again.  Ah, much better.

Fascinating…to think that a 30 minute session in the morning could make such a positive difference in my well being.

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Comments on: "Morning Ritual" (2)

  1. So very VERY true!!! I really notice when I haven’t done them. Thanks for the reminder…that thirty minutes is so very necessary, for my own well being as well as the health and happiness of those around me!

  2. A writer has got to write. Thank you for this gentle reminder.

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