I still don’t have a clear direction for Thoughtful Thursday posts, so for today I thought I would detail the various sources that I use on a daily basis to help me dig deeper and ask those questions that help give my life direction.
Dumping Ground: I have used the website, 750 words, going on nearly three years now. The inspiration for the website came from Julia Cameron’s best-seller, The Artist’s Way, where she advocates writing three full pages first thing each morning: stream of consciousness writing that allows you to empty the mind of worries, stress, confusions, etc….in order to make room for creative pursuits. While she advocates long-hand, typing on a computer in this secure format is more conducive to my lifestyle. I’m not sure that I have made much room for creativity to take hold (yet) – but I have found that this daily activity helps me to prioritize tasks and put life in proper perspective.
Spiritual Focus: As I mentioned last week, I am currently working my way through Rick Warren’s daily devotional, Decade of Destiny for the second year. I really enjoy his practical easy-to-understand messages that often cause me to think more clearly about my life’s goals. Today he reviews his famous Acronym of SHAPE – and how knowing your shape will help you define your calling in life. For those of you who may not have heard of this, SHAPE stands for:
- S = Spiritual Gifts
- H = Heart
- A = Abilities
- P = Personality
- E = Experiences
If you write for yourself, you will reach all the people you want to write for.