Letting Go Cards

I am…a writer

Last Saturday I attended the first Sierra Writers Conference which was held in Grass Valley, CA. I had never been on the Sierra College campus before and a got lost trying to find the building where the event was held. Light rain was falling so reading signs wasn’t as easy as hoped for. All that said I still arrived before the program started. Actually it started at time the schedule stated. And it ended on time as well. I like that they respected our time and/or that they were impeccable with their word. I found several fellow members of Gold Country Writers were in attendance. I was fortunate enough to sit with them at start of program. They were in the first row and there were only two seats left when I showed up.  Color me lucky.

Program started with a keynote speaker who has written four novels as well as screenplays.  He pointed out that self understanding leads to writing ideas. I especially loved this quote “In dance there are no mistakes only Solos” and then we broke into workshops. I had four to pick from: Poetry, Script Writing, Fiction and Young Adult Novels. There didn’t seem to be one that held my interest so I stayed in the main building for speaker in that room. It was cold outside too and a little wet. This gave me another reason to just stay where I was. Speaker in main room was Kim Culbertson who writes fiction books for Young Adults. She was a very enthusiastic speaker. One comment she made that I had figured out is to read lots of books on the subject your writing about. I am writing my second book. This one on Letting Go and I have several books on this topic in my house to look at. I find they helped me to organize the chapters and points I want to be sure to cover. Her books are published by Scholastic. She noted that when you self-publish you can control your title and cover. Not an option for her and she is okay with that.

After this breakout round we had time for a snack before attending another workshop. I had to decide among another four: Mysteries, Inspirational, Non-fiction and Memoir. This time I had two that thought I would like to attend: Non-fiction or inspirational. I decided on inspiration. I learned the name of a couple of publishing companies in my area that handle spiritual writing. And I heard again that having an editor is very important. So glad I have one I love working with.

Final part of conference was back in main auditorium. There was a three member panel to talk about publishing and answer our questions.  They brought up the Writer’s Market Guide: The most trusted guide to getting published. I had never heard of this book before. Inspirational writing workshop also mentioned it. Sounds like a book I should seek out at the library.

All and all I think this was good event. A chanced to learn more tools for being a published, receive encouragement to keep writing and an opportunity to connect with other authors.

I hope they have another one next year.

Here’s to more writing and finishing my book this Spring.

 

Stamp Collecting Month

I found an eight cent stamp and got the idea to write this blog. I was going through a box of stamp albums. I have been on a tidying process and letting go of lots of things that just been sitting around taking up space. Turns out October is Stamp Collecting Month and here I am finding a stamp from 1972 that celebrates that idea. I started collecting stamps when I was 13 years old. My dad had been dblog stamp collecting month Oct 2015oing it for years and together we would sit at the dining room table for hours sorting, soaking stamps off envelopes, and attaching them into albums. We would get so into this that we forgot to eat. Mom would come in and remind us to take a break. We were just having so much fun that we forgot about eating. Have you ever had a hobby that would consume you so much that you forgot about eating?

I am going to send some of the cancelled stamps I found from 1960s and 1970s to American Philatelic Society for use in their education program. Maybe a child will see the joy in collecting stamps like I did.

Quotations on stamp collecting:

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.– Josh Billings

In science there is only physics; all the rest is stamp collecting.- Lord Kelvin

Jazz music is as American as it gets, and so is the U.S. Postal Service. A Miles Davis stamp is a perfect marriage of two great American institutions. – Henry Rollins

Much of the fun of stamp collecting is knowing from what countries stamps come, when they were printed, and what events they commemorate. – Daniel Fox

Collecting, especially of the classifying sort epitomized by stamp collecting, offered a means to seem to gain control of the world and of the past. – Russell W Belk

Stamp Collecting dispels boredom, enlarges our vision, broadens our knowledge, makes us better citizens and in innumerable ways, enriches our lives”  – President Roosevelt
 

I let go of the need to say ‘Yes’

Letting go of the need to say ‘Yes’ was part of yesterday’s positive thought.

I think about things I should do and/or I think I should want to do. There are the things I guess other people might expect me to do. And there are the things I just don’t want to do but agreed to. In reality sometimes we put this pressure on ourselves. One simple yet powerful word ‘No’ instead of ‘yes’ can relieve this pressure. Plus realizing that the world around us won’t fall apart if we say No. We have choice and maybe we just need to remember that.

Quotes on Yes:

“Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.” ~Josh Billings

“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” – Mahatma Gahndi

“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” – John C. Maxwell

“The oldest, shortest words – ‘yes’ and “no’ – are those which require the most thought.” – Pythagoras

“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” – Tony Bair

I let go of Need to Impress Others

I let go of need to impress others. That’s Today’s Positive Thought. Doesn’t that sound like life just got easier. Relax. Take a deep breath and just be myself.

Quotes on impressing others:

•“Believe in yourself and stop trying to convince others” – James De La Vega

•“Never try to impress a woman, because if you do she’ll expect you to keep up the standard for the rest of your life.” – W.C. Fields

•“I’ve reached a point in life where it’s no longer necessary to try to impress. If they like me the way I am, that’s good. If they don’t, that’s too bad.” – Corazon Aquino

•“The most common trouble with advertising is that it tries too hard to impress people.” – James Randolph Adams

•“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Smith

 

Fan Page Winners

Each month I randomly pick one of fans from my Facebook affirmation card page to win a set of cards. They get to pick between my “I am” or “Letting Go” cards. I pick a winner and send them a message from Facebook to let them know they have 24 hours to get back to me with their choice. I also tell them if they don’t reply within the 24 hours I will select someone else. It seems lately that my fans are not checking their messages in Facebook on a regular basis as it will take three messages before I find a winner. I am at that point this month.

And I have had a couple of winners write to me several months later to say they just read my message.

I am rambling on about this as I am looking for a new method to pick a monthly winner. Maybe I ask for fans to tell me their favorite affirmation card and why? I review and pick from one of the submissions.

Any ideas or thoughts on how to get more prompt reply from a fan?

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How I dealt with Election results stress

I decided to I let go and Let God.

Waiting for election results can be stressful. So instead of watching all the reporting on the television I turned my television to classical masterpieces. I decided to let go and let God instead of worrying about election results. And listening to classical music is very relaxing for me. I did my part and voted and the rest is out of my control. I decided to just wait until morning for the outcome.

Quotes on Letting Go:

•“When you accept the fact you have no control and choose not to take any action, you are letting go.” – Darren L Johnson

•“Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” – Hermann Hesse

•“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” – Havelock Ellis

•“The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.” ― Steve Maraboli

“Holding on is believing that there’s only a past: letting go is knowing that there’s a future.” – Daphne Rose Kingma

•“We must learn to let go as easily as we grasp or we will find our hands full and our minds empty.” – Leo Buscaglia

 

Assumptions

I let go of assumptions.

We make assumptions so that our minds can interpret what we are seeing, hearing, touching, tasting or smelling.  We use the assumptions to explain the data our brain is receiving. Often assumptions are based on deeply held beliefs. Unmasking these beliefs and assumptions helps us learn and understand what motivates us.

Assumptions can hinder a relationship when you assume something about another person.  Assuming that you know how somebody else is feeling about you or a situation is something we probably all do. We shouldn’t judge a person unless we have talked with him/her one-on-one. This will allow you the opportunity to understand another person’s situation and life rather than thinking you know them.

Quotes on assumptions:

•“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” – Henry Winkler

•“You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions.” – Denis Waitley

•“We simply assume that the way we see things is the way they really are or the way they should be. And our attitudes and behaviors grow out of these assumptions.” – Stephen R. Covey

•“The harder you fight to hold on to specific assumptions, the more likely there’s gold in letting go of them” – John Seely Brown

•“Begin challenging your assumptions. Your assumptions are the windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile or the light won’t come in.” – Alan Alda

 

 

 

 

 

 

I let go of being upset

The basis of all upsets is fear based emotion. Our emotional pain is a negative belief we have about ourselves. Most upsets are internal conflicts activating unresolved pain from our past.

Strategies to get over being upset will take time. A step would be to look at creating more understanding and compassion for yourself. Writing down all of the thoughts in your head concerning this upset and all the feelings that you are having as well gives more awareness and clarity about your upset. All this information gives a clearer picture of what needs to be changed in order prevent a recurrence of this upset.

Quotes on word upset:

•“Sometimes you have to forget about all the things that are upsetting you, and focus on things that make you happy.” – Author unknown

•“Whenever I was upset by something in the papers, Jack always told me to be more tolerant, like a horse flicking away flies in the summer.” – Jackie Kennedy

•“You have to be able to be a good loser. You have to be okay knowing you’re going to fail every day in something without getting mad and upset.” – Dan O’Brien

•“You go into the disease as one person and come out of it as a different person. It has changed my perspective on everything. Things that used to upset me no longer do.” – Grete Waitz

I let go of the need for approval

If we have a need for approval then we have low self-esteem. Low self-esteem may come from experiences in childhood like lack of positive feedback as a child and sense of neglect as a child.

Let’s look for a couple of steps to reduce the need for approval. 1) Develop a list of the positive attributes you possess. 2) Create positive affirmations to use on a regular basis. Examples would be I am…enough. I am…talented. I am…creative.

Quotes on need for approval:

•“People who want the most approval get the least and people who need approval the least get the most.” – Wayne Dyer
•“I don’t have anything to prove anymore. I don’t have a record deal, no one has any expectations, I’m in a position of freedom. I don’t need anyone’s approval.” – Juliana Hatfield.

•“I think it is vital to fight to do something you want to do despite not gaining your community’s or your friends’ approval. – Archie Panjabi

•“The pursuit of approval usually ends in disaster.” – Chris Morris

•“Even though I don’t feel I need approval, it’s still important to me to give a good performance. I’m hard on myself.” – Michelle Pfeiffer

Why did I choose “Daily Musings” for my blog title?

I am wondering that now as I have to come up with something to write about each day. My original reasoning was to build up my presence on the google search. There is a gal who makes jewelry out of hemp and her name comes up 5th when searching. I figured “daily” comes alphabetically before” jewelry “ so I might be able to have my name come up more than she does.

Using the word “daily” to me means I need to have a blog posted each and every day. Thus finding Positive Thoughts to blog about is what I do. I have tied them to my “I am” and “Letting Go” cards. Or I find fun things happening to post about like Chocolate Cupcake Day or Talk Like a Pirate Day. I like to add quotes that relate to my topic. Some days that is easy and other days not so much. The searching for quotes has provided some interesting reading and thought provoking insights. So all and all it has been a benefit to me.

Are you blogging? If so how often?

Quotes on daily:

•“It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives.” – Dalai Lama

•“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

•“Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.” – Anne Lennox

•“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” – William Morris