We always celebrate new years, but why don’t we make the celebration every day by celebrating new days?
—Anonymous (but it’s really me who wrote that)
A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.
As I wrote fewer posts every week in my blog, I’ve noticed some changes in myself.
My whining — I mean observations
First, I was no longer thinking myself as a writer. Sure, I still write every day in the form of emails, blog comments, text messages, etc., but writing a blog post feels a lot different.
Second, although my life conditions was the same now as when I was writing every day, I feel less happy. In my own reflection, the closest reason that I came up is that writing itself is an act of creation, and we humans feel happy when we create something.
That said, when the act of creation is halted, it feels like some of our powers have been taken away from us. In this case, though, I’m the one who voluntarily gave that power away.
And lastly, writing words are more difficult (but not as hard as before I started writing/blogging). Now, I understand the popular advice on writers that one must write every day. Writing, like any skill needs to be practiced so that the writer will stay sharp.
The solution is easy. Like the title of the posts says, “I’ll just do it.” Meaning I’ll try to write every day again… being interrupted by….
Do or do not… there is no try.
—Yoda (the green Jedi master from Stars Wars)
OK… I’ll stop trying — I will do it.
I’m feeling pumped again….
I’m a writer. I feel happy. And, oh boy I’ve written a blog post again. You’re awesome reader.
First, go to this site: www.online-stopwatch.com.
Click on the green arrow. But wait! Don’t click on the “Start” button
Smile. Yes … smile, just smile. If you’re in a public place, just pretend to read something funny, so people won’t mind your smile.
While still smiling, click on the “Start” button.
1… 2… 3… 4… 5….
(Coming from the online-stopwatch page….)
Go on… keep smiling.
Smile, until the timer becomes 00:01:00 or greater.
(Comes back at this page….)
Done already? (You can keep smiling if you like.)
Now. Do you feel happier compared to before?
No? I apologize for wasting your time. Please go on the next blog on your reading list.
Yes? (Thank goodness it worked this time.)
No. Wait. Seriously (or Happily).
You became happier right?
You have just experienced how our facial expressions (or body posture) and feelings are inter-connected.
If you do happy actions like smiling, for instance. You will eventually feel happier.
So, the next time you feel a little down, just remember to SMILE 🙂
If you want more information about feeling happy, you can visit my previous post: Do You Want To Feel Happy?
Image Credit: Joe Shlabotnik from Flickr
- On focusing on what we want:
The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.
- On attachment to solutions:
If you find a good solution and become attached to it, the solution may become your next problem.
- On happiness:
There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.
- On persistence:
Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- On the importance of our words:
Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.
- On marriage:
Many marriages would be better if the husband and wife clearly understood that they’re on the same side.
- On effective communication:
To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.
- On making our dreams a reality:
Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become reality.
- On having a plan:
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planed for you? Not much.
- On acting as if:
If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.
Why do you need motivation to do something? Just do it! Yes… Just do it. When you see the results of your effort then you’ll feel happy — and maybe next time — you’ll feel motivated.
–Whitebeltblogger (or you can substitute anonymous if you want)
Just having the desire to become something you are not, gives you the right to become the new person who you want to be.
—Whitebeltblogger (or you can substitute anonymous if you want)