I came across an email I received a few months ago from Vlad at Simpler Life Today, which lifted my spirits tremendously. His email also reminded me of the chapter I was incidentally reading from The Artist’s Way: to stay away from “Crazymakers” but gravitate towards positive encouragement.
Vlad wrote, “Seriously, I want you to be confident that you will succeed. You are a very talented writer Noch!”
Hehe. Hehe. He he he. I giggled. After I calmed down from self glorification, I realized that this was exactly what Judith Cameron meant in her book, The Artist’s Way. A good friend of mine suggested I read and follow this 12-week course to expose myself to my inner creativity. At week 2, Judith talks about “Crazymakers” – those who destroy our mood just before a deadline or when we are about to face a challenge head on, such as criticizing us for a stupid move the night before a job interview. These are also the people who are negative about our new experiments in life and for making changes. They are the jealous people.
In one of the corresponding tasks, I first drew a circle on my notebook, and inside I was to write down what my budding creativity was, and what I needed to protect. My writing is again, at infantile stage. My confidence in this arena is fragile and delicate. Thus, inside the circle, I labelled these elements.
Afterwards, I was to name some Crazymakers who always made me feel bad about myself, especially at critical moments when I was about to challenge myself. These are jealous people who thrived on others’ failures. Unfortunately, there are quite a few around me, so I wrote their names down outside the circle.
But I had a fuzzy feeling when the next step was to write down names of those who encouraged me in the direction I’d like to go. I noted down the names of my husband, some friends, and then the few bloggers I’ve come to known well via cyberspace. These were the people I would surround myself with, for they are those who would protect and encourage my inner child.
What I’ve come to realize in this blogsphere, is how positive and generous everybody is. They just all want you to succeed. If you imagine being in Times Square in New York on New Year’s Eve, with masses of people sardined around you, pushing you towards somewhere, and even if you wanted to resist, you couldn’t because the force was so powerful – that’s how it feels corresponding with other fellow bloggers out there. They are just pushing me to go where I’d like to go with their constant support and compliments.
These are the people we need to surround ourselves with all the time.
Stay away from crazymakers. Gravitate towards those who believe in us.
Many bloggers have encouraged me along the way with my writing, so Vlad’s just unfortunate I’ve put him on the spot here – sorry! Thanks to everyone who has put in a gentle word for me through my journey. You all know who you are.
What’s your dream you need to protect today? And from whom?