The Six Word Memoir – summing up your life as it is in six small words. (http://www.sixwordmemoirs.com)
I came across a link to this website in my insatiable search for more information and advice on how to hone my writing skills. Putting my stories into words about living abroad on the island of Crete will hopefully, one day become a published memoir. In the meantime, I remember and write. Those days seem so long ago, although it’s been just over a year since we relocated back to the States. When I sit and write about those five years on Crete it’s almost like a misty fragrance that takes me back instantly to the island. Photos do the same thing but, for me nothing is as poignant as words. So, I write. Sometimes I’m prolific but much of the time I’m just stuck. Stuck for words, stuck for ideas, stuck in the mediocrity of my own doing. Sometimes that’s how life is, too.
STUCK BETWEEN ALMOST AND NOT GOOD ENOUGH
Do you ever get that feeling, “I was created for MORE!” So many times in my life I have felt like I’m almost there only to find out it’s not enough. A deep dissatisfaction settles in and I continue my search filling up my personal and work life with carbo-loaded appetizers when what I really need is some good protein – the real feast. In my quest for the BEST, I settle for good. Perhaps that’s how we were created. To desire and search out the BEST which is ultimately found in God, who knows us up close and personal. So when I feel stuck, I see it as a positive thing because it encourages me to once again reevaluate my life. What extraneous fillers have I gorged myself on that fill me up yet leave me dissatisfied in the end? I have to believe that God has a feast for me and I will not settle for chips and dip.
So how does one identify the “chips and dip” in one’s life. For starters, I take a long hard look at the most precious commodity I have – TIME. How am I filling my time? What “fat” can I trim? I ask myself, “What truly nourishes me – my dreams, my goals, my passions?”
What I discovered was when I intentionally put myself on a “diet” of good food for the soul, I had more time to spare and felt much healthier. Anyone knows that the worst thing you can do is fill up on appetizers before a big glorious meal. I used to be a glutton for Facebook, TV, YouTube, and other forms of social media that fed my couch potato existence under the disguise of “relaxing.” But after I was done filling up on these things, I was strangely dissatisfied and hungry for something more. Then came the “diet.” I cut out all the extraneous bad fat from my day and I was amazed at how much more time (and energy) I had for the things that were BEST. Sure, I still check Facebook but now it’s on the other end of the meal – dessert.
Take the challenge with me. What can you cut out in order to enter into God’s best for you?
Next blog post – details of the daily diet that works for me …..