Sunday, April 6, 2008

In the Moment

Too often we sit in judgment of ourselves and our work.

"This is not good enough," we think. "This will never be good enough." Or, "This story has been told better before by someone else." Or, "This book has been written before."

Know this now and for all time: It is good enough. In this moment, this word is good enough, and so is this one.

This moment is always as good as it gets -- in this moment. So make the best of it. In this moment, give yourself permission to write the worst junk in the world, the same permission I give myself in this moment when I fear what I write for you isn’t good enough. It is, in this moment. I must believe this, as must you, or we can never move into the next moment and then the next, when those moments, too, form the present moment.

It is good enough. If you do your best to write freely and easily from your heart, it is always better than good enough. It is perfect.

Whatever you write is perfect. Whatever you experience is perfect. Whatever you feel is perfect. In this moment. Which is the only moment that matters, for it is the only moment that exists.

What can you do in this moment to bring you back to the present moment? What can you stop worrying about, wondering about or trying to figure out? What can you stop judging? Close your eyes for a moment. Focus on your breath. Be present. With your words. With your writing. In your life.

3 comments:

JUSTIN said...

Thanks for the words of encouragement. I have to say that I agree with your premise. We all have a unique set of experiences and a distinct way of seeing the world. Our perception and our ability to articulate what we perceive is as unique as the DNA that courses through our individual veins.

Thanks again !

Keep writing.
JUSTIN

Mark David Gerson said...

Thanks, Justin, for your comments. Next time you comment, feel free to include the link to your writing blog: www.finishwriting.com.

Meantime, please feel free to check out The Voice of the Muse: Answering the Call to Write, from which this post was adapted.

Cheers,
Mark David

MysteryKnitter said...

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