Inspirationally Speaking; I Like Change

Last post I wrote about how inspired I felt, how ready to embrace changes in my writing and personal life. I was excited to get going, still am. Each day I’ve been waking with a sense of optimism, a knowing that everything is exactly where it needs to be at the moment. This doesn’t mean I have to stay stuck in one place. On the contrary. It just means that all the previous steps I’ve taken in the past have helped get me where I am right now. It’s all right. It’s all good.  Only now I’m ready to make some changes.

It’s okay. I’m allowed. No one’s the boss of me.

Most times change doesn’t happen at the snap of a finger. It can if we want it to, (a change of attitude for instance) but, be honest; most times we have to work toward bringing whatever change we want to fruition. And so we inch our way along. Hoping it won’t be too painful a process. Maybe we even close our eyes.That’s okay, too. It means we’re still making progress. We can breath easy.

Staying open to the possibility of change isn’t a bad thing in my mind. Our truths today won’t always be our truths tomorrow. That warm wool blanket can sometimes get mighty itchy all of a sudden. Don’t you think?

Thank goodness we have the ability to change our thoughts and minds. We don’t even need an excuse. That’s the beauty of it. It’s just enough to know that we changed our minds about something because we wanted to. And no, you don’t have to justify a change of mind. Not if you don’t want to. Just seems like sometimes our minds have a mind of their own.

I’m reminded of a neighbour of mine who is forever bringing up a comment one of my children made in the past about a certain town where she didn’t want to live. Turns out that’s exactly where she’s living today. My neighbour is constantly perplexed. How can this be? I know, for some, it’s a hard concept to follow. Life circumstances changed for my daughter. She changed her mind about where she would live. Simple dimple. I’m not confused by it at all.

Ask any writer you know. This happens more times than we can articulate. Our writing is forever undergoing change. We change our minds about the story we’re working on. We suddenly realize the character we’ve create doesn’t like horses, not since being nearly trampled to death in childhood by a runaway steed. (The writer is sometimes the last one to know!) Maybe the entire story was written before we even knew this.

It’s as if a lightening bolt zaps us and immediately we know what we have to do to change that story. These lightening bolts can strike right out of the blue. We can’t stand around and argue the fact that there wasn’t even a cloud in the sky.

But get this— it’s allowed. That’s the truly marvellous part.

Now I’m off to revise a very old story. You see, I changed my mind about how I would write it. Much of it will remain the same. I’m just going to breath new life into it. I didn’t know until a few days ago that I was even going to make changes. That’s the truly exciting part. It had been sitting unchanged for many years, but as I was reading it over a bolt of inspiration suddenly struck me.

Nice to know that change can/will come when the time is right.

 

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  1. Looking at decades ago written poems I was so sure this was the right finished product at the time with each one. A few changes here and there have made them better and I ask myself why didn’t I think of this word or that phrase years ago. I our time there is no status quo. Our status quo is change.

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  2. Carl, I agree with you. It’s amazing how we can see what changes are needed after we’ve taken a break from our work. I’ve often wondered why I didn’t see it before. I guess the time just wasn’t right.

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  3. So happy to hear your inspiration has been rekindled. Light that fire, Laura!

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  4. Thanks, Patti. It really feels great!

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  5. I’ve also had those lightening strikes while writing, Laura. It’s like remembering something we already knew.

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  6. Change is a lot more fun when we choose to embrace it! I’m starting to believe more and more than change is at the core of life. It’s how we learn and it’s where new ideas begin. I find that very exciting! This is especially true when it comes to writing. I love the idea that there’s no such thing as a final draft. I always want to go in and make something better, which is how I know I that I’m continuing to grow as a writer. :-)

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  7. fivecats

     /  April 11, 2012

    Sounds like you’ve had a eureka moment. (Nice storm cloud pics.)

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  8. Everyone knows weather is changeable, right? I don’t know if my older manuscripts will ever be worth the effort of rewriting, but as the years pass and I gain more writing experience I know I look at them with a different eye, so I’ll keep an open mind.

    I’m delighted that you’re so excited by this new direction. Go for it!

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  9. I once said I could never write anything but full length novels. I also said I could never write a blog. I even said I could never write a children’s book. I love new directions. Bravo, Laura, for allowing me the honour of following along. Looking forward to seeing where this takes you.

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