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Some of the best encouragement I got was from my sister-in-law who writes, CretingBrains.com. She said,
Sana, you know a lot! When you start writing, you’ll see. It will come to you. You won’t believe how much you have to say.
Now when I get stuck, when no words come, I remember this, the panic ebbs away and I start to write. I increased my listening skills …to myself, to hear myself. It’s a terrible thing to live, loud background noise, but not learning how to become the main voice of your own journey. The knowledge base, emotions, energies and passive efforts although acquainted with each other never merge into rhythm.
Just write what you know.
I learned more to trust myself. In fact, I became a better physician.
However, before this, I studied. I studied and I studied and got worked really hard, but I got the knowledge base that I have and I gained part of my platform. I got a lot.
I share my sister’s words with others.
Just write what you know.
I’m not done. I shudder to think about being done. It feels like death. However by writing, it stretches my movements. It reminds me of those martial arts movies that show all the kicks and jumps and climbing air as if moments could be shaped differently.
That is my experience, but any of us have something worth saying. We have our suffering at least. Everyone has some of that.
My six year-old was asking me about writing a blog. I’m sure she’s tired of watching me at the keys and figures she’ll join me if she can’t get me otherwise. I asked her what she’d write about and she said,
I have nothing to say Mommy!
Just write what you think, I said.
I have nothing to say!
Just write what you feel, I said.
And then my daughter found her words.
One! I’m lonely! Two! I feel left out! Three! I’m sad! Four! I’m happy!
She is a fierce creation. She is, like me, “A big ‘F.” (F stands for feeler in the language of temperaments.) At age six, she has much to write about. I remembered my sisters words,
…you’ll see. It will come to you. You won’t believe how much you have to say. Just write what you know.
We all have something to say and for many of us, saying it increases our sense of presence with ourselves, our connections with others and inherent to the design of writing freestyle, guides us into the space of what we enjoy. That space can be evasive and for some of us, it takes practice and increased skill to find it. But here is an exercise in being friendly with ourselves. Not many of us would spend this kind of time on things that bore us, things we feel awkward with, things that erode our self-confidence or increase incongruence with our inner-self. When we write freestyle, we let our genetic self speak. It can be used as a guide to clarify our talents and interests as per our design.
I hope I never forget how compelling my daughter was with her,
One! I’m lonely!…
That is a lot to say. There’s a lot there worth hearing as well.
Go toward your interests and you’ll be writing what you know. If writing isn’t in your design, something else is that will join you up with your personal journey, grow your sense of presence, connect you to others and serve as a guide to clarify your talents per the design you were created to be. Go toward it. You won’t believe how much you’ve already stored up. You are treasure.
Self-Care Tip – Use what you know by using your temperament as your guide. Keep on.