The Effective Author: Dealing with Rough Days
© 2019 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved
There’s lots of guidance out there for writing and completing projects. There’s lots of great advice about organizing, planning, and goal-setting. There’s lots of wisdom about optimizing our workspaces and increasing our productivity.
But what if you realize you are just having an all-around rough day?
What if you just have too much on your mind and heart to focus on your writing? What if you have a relative who just went straight from surgery to hospice – and you’re concerned about running into her nasty ex at the hospice? And the roofers have been banging on your roof for a few days? And it’s 108° out there? Oh, and your spouse is having a cancer recurrence? And your sister in another state has been rushed off by the paramedics, barely revived in the ambulance, again? And two favorite relatives are right in the path of this week’s hurricane?
Well, STOP! And catch your breath. All of your work will be there later, even if you take a few hours off. How great will your productivity be, anyway, if you are pushing the river, trying to force yourself to focus on your writing?
Consider this poem, by Laura Ding-Edwards, of Rainbird Roots:
If the mountain seems too big today
Then climb a hill instead
If the morning brings you sadness
It’s OK to stay in bed
If the day ahead weighs heavy
And your plans feel like a curse
There’s no shame in rearranging
Don’t make yourself feel worse
If a shower stings like needles
And a bath feels like you’ll drown
If you haven’t washed your hair for days
Don’t throw away your crown
A day is not a lifetime
A rest is no defeat
Don’t think of it as failure
Just a quiet, kind retreat
It’s OK to take a moment from an anxious, fractured mind
The world will not stop turning while you get realigned
The mountain will still be there
When you want to try again
You can climb it in our own time
Just love yourself ’til then
On such a day, be kind and gentle to yourself. Walk slowly. Go get a massage or get your nails done. Eat a dark green, leafy salad and have a fresh juice drink. Or simply soak in an epsom salts bath for a least 20 minutes. Meditate on the Go(o)d in your life. Let writing ideas come through if they decide to. This is your re-set day. When you’ve achieved your re-set, you’ll be on a new plane, and you’ll find you are even more The Effective Authorsm.
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert with a natural healing practice. She also is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their Peace Within. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, available on Amazon, plus Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire. IPW is available on Amazon in full-color glossy format. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, also on Amazon in full-color. For full-color PDF versions, contact her office. For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: firstname.lastname@example.org.