A number of my friends have accused me for not updating my blog regularly – especially after my last post addressed something of that nature. What I then explained to them was that I was not just writing (which I love doing), I was doing it on a bigger scale.
Over the last three months I have been working almost full time to finish up on my book. It had been on my mind for over a year but after I wrote the last post, I decided to take a cue from my own lesson and then plunge into it full time.
One of the greatest things that can happen to any individual is the ability to stick with the right habits. Tell me your habits and I will predict your future! So in order to make my dream of completing the book project, I made writing a habit instead of a hobby. I pushed myself hard and I must say I had no idea I had so much to say.
When operating under my own time frame, i would write about one story in a month or two. But in less than two months i have written about 15 stories!
I realised that in our walk in life we are confronted daily with challenges..many people try to deal with their issues how they know best, but how can we fare well when we ignore the potential to make ourselves better? I had many issues around writing more frequently but the moment i decided to apply discipline and make myself accountable to others for writing, it was like a dam broke and the words kept flowing.
As the dream grew bigger i decided to enlist the help of trusted people who supported my love for writing. I finally got about 12 stories that were contributed by friends. They were amazing stories and I enjoyed reading every one of them thoroughly. I didn’t even know some of them were such great writers and I would never have known if I had not spoken up that I needed help.
The book I am working on is a compilation of short and interesting real life stories that have been written to stimulate and encourage people to take an active part in ensuring they live a more fulfilling life through some simple lessons on how to tap into God’s Grace on a daily basis.
It also revealed another lesson to me; When you have a dream and you have started to work towards it, reality is that sometimes the journey may suddenly look endless and the results may look bleak – that is usually the best time to seek the support and help of trusted friends who share the same passions as you. You will be amazed as to how a simple action from them can get you bouncing back and rearing to go!
I tried it and it worked and I am now so happy that I can cross that off my list before stepping gallantly into the new year.
The greatest lesson i learnt from it all is how the Grace of God abounds daily unto great things. I decided to take my mind off the overwhelming vision (which was that I needed to write so many stories to compile into a book) and focus on getting past each day.
Every day I would believe in Gods grace to give me a personal experience during the day so that I could write a story about it. It worked greatly. Because it was trust on a day to day basis, I was more at ease and it made me more sensitive to my surroundings and to the lessons I could learn from things around me…and for me, a lesson meant a story.
I titled this post Gods grace day by day because that is what has kept me going since the last time i blogged here. Which is why i gave the book the same title… in Hebrew. So watch out for a book titled JEMIMA!
Merry Christmas and have a new year filled with JEMIMA!!!