The Effective Author: Heart Juice and Gratitude for Authors
© 2017 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved.
This year, I have often had the sensation that my heart was dry. It’s better when my heart is juicy. Everything feels better and works better, in me and around me, when my heart is juicy. Relationships are better, my writing is better, and I’m a lot more productive. But on January 4, I received the long-anticipated call that my beloved mother had gone to the Great Beyond. My heart was dry. It needed juice. I wondered often: how could my heart become juicy again?
Of course my one sweet forever love, Ron, fills me and helps my heart recover from dry times. But I needed more this year. So I made coffee dates with friends whose hearts always seem juicy. Mary Eileen, who is passionate about inspiring children, was among the first on my list. Christy, marketing director for an incredible Renaissance music society, was early on my list. She both allows me and sparks me to think freely, and my words flow in new ways when I am with her. Friends like this help my heart become juicy again.
Another thing I did was spend time with animal photos on Pinterest. Seriously. An elephant reunion after 30 years filled my heart with juice. A rhino lifting a mud-mired baby zebra out of its death struggle, simply catching the baby animal with its horn and pulling the tiny zebra out – that filled my heart with juice. The baby hippo photo-bombing an engagement picture: juice for my heart. I now have 3,500 of these moving photos, saved on my Pinterest board called “Adorable.” To qualify for this board, a photo had to move my heart.
So now my heart is back to juicy. Sometimes I wake up realizing my mind is chanting “thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.” I had a perfect day yesterday, with meaningful, paying work, good food, satisfying writing and editing, a client meeting, and a professional meeting full of loving colleagues and friends. After the meetings, I drove home in my cute PT Cruiser with wonderful air conditioning, and I hung out with my amazing, delightful husband. I was – am – so grateful! It would be hard for life to be sweeter. My consciousness was so permeated with gratitude that my brain was chanting it when I woke up today. My heart was juicy again.
Albert Schweitzer said it in terms of light:
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.
When our hearts are grateful, they are juicy. When our hearts are juicy, we write more fluently and creatively. When our hearts are juicy, we are grateful. And juicy, grateful hearts attract friends with full hearts, as well as juicy project opportunities. Our eyes sparkle, our smiles are warm, and we are much in tune with those around us. Life is better in every way.
If your heart is dry, don’t let it stay dry. Seek juice for your heart, and be grateful. Now you have a major key to being The Effective Author.
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Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, plus Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com. Kebba’s newest book is the full-color Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, also available through her office. For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: firstname.lastname@example.org.