As some of you may know, I’m working on a new book of motivational tips to help inspire aspiring authors to finish that book they’ve always wanted to write. One of the points I will make in this book is about how important creating a cover is–even before writing the book! I’ll elaborate more about this tip in my book, but the reason behind this act is to trick your brain into believing the book is already complete. Here is a tentative (but not definite) cover for this book which will be called The Empath Storyteller’s Guide to Writing a Book: Tips and Tricks to Inspire Aspiring Writers. Tell me what you think!
I learned something new. I decided to re-read Don Miguel Ruiz’s, The Four Agreements, and as I was reading the first agreement, “BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD,” I realized something. When I originally read it, I honestly thought it was about standing your ground, saying what you mean and meaning what you say. I also thought it was about keeping your thoughts clean (because thoughts become things).
But re-reading it now, I learned something completely new about this one agreement. I learned that being impeccable with your word means taking a hard look at how you respond to yourself. How do you judge yourself? How do you talk to yourself?
It’s amazing what we learn when we re-read books. I realized this first agreement is really about shifting the way we think and talk about ourselves. We must be “impeccable” or “without sin, without wrong-doing” with our word, which is really our thoughts and the voices in our heads that bully us all day long. Our wounded self always has something to say, always has a way to beat us down. If we aren’t feeling inferior, then we’re acting over-confident to make up for that and exhibiting superiority, which is just as rooted in a lack of confidence as inferiority. We feel inferior or superior and the world responds to us with people who judge us just as hard as we judge ourselves. But we can change this by being impeccable with our word. We can look at ourselves and say, “I will not judge myself or anyone else today. Not today. Not today.”
Demand it. Declare it. Do not beat yourself up today. Who cares about deadlines, and perfection. If you run late, forgive yourself. If you don’t work out today, forgive yourself. If you don’t make the deadline, forgive yourself. And start looking in the mirror and treating yourself more kindly. When you do, the situations and people around you will shift, and you’ll feel happier. This is what being impeccable with your word means to me.
I look forward to reading the next agreement and getting some fresh insight!
It’s a beautiful day, the sun is shining.
A quick update about our kitties. My poor little one-eyed Willy Rose still has a seeping eye. Her eye was lost (likely from a hawk). She is the embodiment of strength and persistence, and is healthy, but I wish I could help her more. For those of you who don’t know, I take care of homeless kitties and help rehabilitate them from “feral” and stray life to happy loving kitty. So far, we have successfully adopted out 20 cats to loving homes. Willy is not quite ready for adoption. I can’t touch her yet, but she is always following me everywhere which is a good sign. I should be able to pet her soon, and then she will be ready for adoption. She’s very small, looks like a 3-4 month old instead of the 11 months that she is. She can hear pretty well, and I believe she has good vision in her left eye. She really is a sweet girl, but I know I would not be able to get her a surgery at this time to permanently close the eye slit. So, for now, I’m giving her a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar everyday so she doesn’t get an infection, or if she has one, it heals. Here is a sweet photo of little Willy when she was headed to the vet to get fixed and her shots! Isn’t she adorable? I just love her!
A lot of people ask me how they can help. You can help by purchasing I Think I Like You, Cat or I Liked You Much Better When You Were Outside. Although it is not an official charity, I take 50% of profits and use them for food, blankets, medications, and more for the cats. I am hoping to save enough to get this sweet babe the medical attention she needs.
On the author front, I am working on a lot of new projects. A third (and final) Kolney Hatch book is in the works. The Land of the Past Series is going full throttle this summer, and a new interactive audio book will release for the Rescue Cat series. I am also working on a new Sci-Fi series as well!
Cold, rain, gloom. Can’t help but wonder if all the chem trails dumped into the skies have finally taken their toll on poor New Jersey. Where is the sunshine? Vitamin D withdrawal! Oh, and my right palm itches…and now I can’t even scratch it because I read that if I do, all the luck will go away! Don’t scratch, don’t scratch. But life is good. Don’t forget to breathe.