Posted in Health, mental-health, Personal

Balance and Perspective

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today after a week of working and working on my craft. I took some time off to read a craft book this week and I’m glad I did. It was a good book. It’s titled “The Secrets of Story.” If you’re looking for a book to help you with your writing, this book is for you.

The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers by [Matt Bird]

But enough about that. Today I’d like to talk about finding balance and perspective. I struggle with these issues daily because my passion is my writing, but I have a passion for my family, a passion for my work, and I also need to take care of my health by exercising and eating right.

Sometimes, I get frustrated because I can’t write. I have to take care of my kids, fix a meal, or work my day job. Then I have to fit in time for exercise. This is what I struggle with. Many times, I have to choose between exercising and writing. Sometimes I choose writing and feel guilty because I know I should be exercising for my health. It’s a constant battle. Sometimes I do exercise and wish I were writing instead. These negative emotions I experience detract from the enjoyment of my exercising or my writing.

Since I don’t want to have deal with negative emotions, I’ve got to change my attitude, because with my hectic schedule, I’m always going to have to choose between the two. So, when I choose to exercise, I tell myself I’m doing something that’s good for my body, my soul, and my brain. Exercise is a great way to fight depression, burn calories, and get your blood flowing so your brain gets the oxygen it needs. Instead of telling myself I must do this because I want to keep my weight under control or because I ate pizza for dinner, I tell myself my writing will be better if I exercise. This one little change in my perspective allows me to enjoy my exercise and my writing. After I exercise, I have the rest of the evening to write. Therefore, I don’t feel guilty when I’m writing because I know I already exercised.

I’ve also gotten better at defining exercise. I used to feel like I had to run four to six miles at a time before I could call it a workout. That’s not entirely true. I can do strength training and that’s exercise. I can do Pilates and that’s exercise. So is yoga. I’ve been adding these activities to my exercise routine to help build the muscle I’m losing as I age. By adding Pilates and Yoga to my regime, I’ve eliminated my sciatica pain. The difference is amazing, and my writing has improved.

So, there you have it. By changing my perspective about exercise and writing, I’ve been able to enjoy my exercise more. I don’t enjoy it in the beginning. It’s always hard to get started, but by the end, I’m always glad I did it.

I also enjoy my writing more. I don’t feel guilty when I sit down and take some time for my stories. How about you? How do you balance it all? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

Posted in Documentaries, inspiration

Finding Perspective

 

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you, I’m back today after suffering a bit of a set-back last week. It wasn’t anything to do with my writing, just one of those things I wasn’t expecting to happen, happened and it left me feeling down. So, I took a day and stayed in my pajamas and worked on my writing as I tried to digest this new development. I also watched a movie.

Just Mercy. It was a good one for me to watch in my present state because it was about a man accused of a crime he didn’t commit. After receiving an unfair trial where the only real evidence was the false testimony of another convicted felon, (who was given a lighter sentence if he testified) the main character Walter McMillian or “Johnny D,” was sentenced to death.

 

He spent seven years on death row, waiting for his execution.

Photo credit: Funky64 (www.lucarossato.com) on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND

 

The Equal Justice Initiative was formed, and they took on his case.

 

Donate | Equal Justice Initiative

 

To make a long story short, they got the charges against him dismissed, the main witness in the case admitted he lied because he was coerced by the corrupt police department.

This was a good movie to watch in my present state because although I had been wronged, it was nothing compared to what Walter went through. What he must’ve had to deal with when he was on death row is beyond me. This movie put things into perspective for me. My little setback is just that. A setback. It’s not a life sentence, and I need to remember that.

So, if you get a chance to watch this movie, I highly recommend it. It’ll put things into perspective for you, too. Trust me.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. How about you? Is there anything out there that helps you find perspective? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! 😊