The Dahlia blooms are emerging.
My first time growing these beauties
I am currently working on my “Garden Analogies” year-long daily devotional book.
It is 80% done and I am going to try and finish this month.
The hardest parts of this book project?
1) Selecting which garden analogies to include (I have so many from over the years and some are better than others).
2) Deciding entry placement – should I categorize and consider seasons the reader might be experiencing? For example, I have an analogy from when I tried to “over winter” the bright pink geraniums (moving them for a bit of monthly sun was worth the powerful surprise summer smell in winter). So should that entry be a winter one or a summer one? Things like that.
3) Keeping each entry short and on a single page. Editing for succinctness while also including enough details for flavor takes time.
– I had this Garden Analogies book idea since 2007! I started the outline a few years ago and so at times it feels like I am late finishing this book. Late? Late according to who or to what timeline? So I extinguish those unhelpful thoughts!
– I also reject that I should have “this many” books done by now ( I have A LOT of book ideas started and In outline form). I reject that “should have” view because the truth is that for me, it is not about quantity – (for one it might be the aim for good reasons)- and my aim is to finish books I am proud; having books I want to share with others.
– I will NOT compare with other authors because we all have so many different circumstances. (And was just chatting with Amanda about this)
– I hope I never approach my book endeavors in a factory-production mode! A mode like that could pull from content and I could lose part of my soul! That reminds me of the Sara Bareilles tune called Love Song:
Right on Time
I remind myself that June 2022 feels like the “ripe” time to try and finish this book. Out of the many book ideas I have (I know that not all of these ideas will actually lead to books) but out of all of my outlines and titles – this one calls to me, this June, with sweetness – like a colorful flower offering subtle fragrance.
I have a “pep in my step” each time I work on it.
Isn’t that the best way to approach a project – to have a pep in the step?
Sure there are times we have obligatory projects that need to be brought to completion with little affect (or even dread).
There are other times we might naturally dodge or drag our heels to tackle projects even if they are ripe and right.
I guess what I am reflecting on here is that we need to make sure we understand our motive – and watch unhelpful striving or unhelpful timeline thinking that negatively impacts outlook.
We need to have ongoing assessment of pursuits. Stay mindful of habits and pay attention to current use of resources. This mindfulness will likely pay off by helping us feel more satisfied with our unique output.
– Do you have any ideas or projects that give you a pep in your step?
– Do you have any tips on healthy self-talk that you use to stir up a helpful outlook?
– Can you believe it is June?