Ready for Change?

Unless you try something different, you’re going to continue to experience the same results you’ve been experiencing.

 

Not sure how to make the changes?   Try answering these questions, but you must write down all your answers. There aren’t any wrong answers. And don’t erase or cross out any (at least not yet).

What do I really want?

What’s my desired outcome?

What are my gifts and what do I believe about them?

What do I want more of in my life?

Now put them away for a later time.  When you come back you might want to change them or modify them. They are your answers, make them reflect your desires. Add to them with new answers when you’re in a different space.  But write them down.

Be ready to share them when they are completely refined.

More later.

Writing Life Stories – A Book Review

Bill Roorbachs Book

I’ve read a lot of books on writing, but none that has helped me as much as Bill Roorbach’s “Writing Life Stories”, and I’ve only just begun reading it.

Early on, like No. 3, is a section on map-making that spoke to my visual side. He suggested you “make a map of the earliest neighborhood you can remember”, and then describe it. Use details, sights, smells, sounds, etc and see what pops up. It was an incredible experience. And allowed me to write about the house my dad built when I was 4-5 years old. The memories were wonderful and laid the groundwork for many others I had long since forgotten about.

Then I went digging for images that matched those memories and they made for a wonderful family story that is not just verbal. Do try it and do read his book. I’m grateful he took the time to write it and I’m glad Writer’s Digest recommended it.

Until next time.

The Bone Feud – Book Review 4/27/2015

Spirit of 13 - Book Review

Historic Fiction comes in all types of styles, genres and themes.  The Bone Feud is a story of two “Professors” that are in a race to find the most dinosaur bones and get them identified so they can name them.  The true story is fictionalized by adding wonderful characters to the tale and making one of the participants the bartender  and storyteller.

I was captured from the beginning of my #fridayread.  From P.T. Barnum to Wild Bill Hickok, the authors ability to bring other characters of interest into the story was great fun.  His writing style is clear and the story flowed nicely.  However, I missed hearing from the storyteller himself in the middle of the tale.  He got lost, and so did I, in the middle.  Thankfully, he was found and once again took charge at the end.

For a fun #fridayread, it’s great and is well deserving of 4*’s.

 

Emergence – A Book Review

Derek Rydall has written a most compelling book on the “Law of Emergence” and the baggage we carry due to cultural beliefs about what constitutes worth, value and success. It’s a system we all get hung up in and can be one of our biggest challenges. Rydall’s premise is “Our work is to strip away our false exterior and reveal our innate wholeness.” That “Everything you need to fulfill your destiny is within you, waiting to emerge”.

Spiritof13 - Book ReviewHis discussion on worth and value is food for great soul searching and provides ideas and support for helping us all find our inner self. Starting with the word Sin – it’s actually an archery term that means “to miss the mark” but has been cultural zed to shame us into not accepting our inner self.

The handicapped and mentally ill suffer the most from these cultural judgments . They must create a different belief of worth, value and success. Rydall states “The problem is you’re stuck on this idea of what you think your life should look like and how you think things should work out, but you have no idea how things should work out.”

HIs discussion on self-worth and our “selfie” makes you stop and think about what you’ve been doing and what you should be doing to become centered without fear because “No matter what you try, as long as you’re coming from a place of fear nothing you do will ever get you what you want.” So true.

There are so many wonderful and quotable thoughts in this book, one has to hit home with everyone. For instance, on having a self-worth measure of money he remarks, “You made your savings account your source, your god, and whenever you make something outside of you the source of your security or supply, the universe is set up to betray you – so that you’ll turn within and find your real source again.” So much for keeping up with the Jones’.

Does self-worth = value and success? Not to Mr. Rydall’s Law of Emergence. “While we’ve made great strides as a society, we’re still hungry, broke, scared, and killing each other at alarming rates”. I couldn’t have said it better.

A wonderful read for everyone. 4 Stars.

Order In Court – Book Review

Order In Court by David Osborne is an odd, but fun little book. Each Chapter is a new adventure by Barrister Toby Potts. From his love life to his court life, everything is just a little odd – but so are all his clients.

I purchased the book because the tease said it was humor, and I was pleasantly surprised his unique style of writing made me laugh out loud. Mr. Osborne has a gift for turning your tongue. And his subtle humor and innuendo is refreshing.

“Gettig squiffy on rough cider” makes it clear what was going on. Mr. Dan D Lyon is yet another of his characters you’ll want to know more about. He pokes fun at just about everyone, but in a kind way. And you’ll need to be paying attention as you read, the hidden barbs and twists are cleverly woven into the text and all are worth a chuckle.

4 Stars for Mr. Osborne’s latest.