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Show Up — Practice Part II February 2, 2010

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When I heard Anne Lamott speak last spring I took the opportunity to ask her a question during her question and answer period.

How does a stay-at-home mom of young ones write and work toward being published? I asked.

Thirty minutes a day, she told me. You show up in front of a blank page every day for thirty minutes and most of it will suck. But you show up again.

So here I am showing up.  I intended on going to bed early.  I am reading two really good books, Travelling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Tyler and The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff.

I am in the beginning of both books and they have my attention so I want to read on.  But I also have committed my life to being a writer, so here I am showing up to practice.

Sometimes I don’t want to practice.  I want to forget about my dreams and live someone else’s.  Practice isn’t supposed to be easy I suppose.  But it does get easier the more I do it.

Like tonight at bedtime.  Yelling is getting easier. I want to give it up completely, but I keep doing it. That isn’t the practice I want to be doing.  I want to practice keeping my cool not yelling.  Maybe I should write that on the kids’ chalkboard 100 times.

I will not yell at my children when they don’t listen to me. I will not yell at my children when they don’t listen to me. I will not yell at my children when they don’t listen to me. I will not yell at my children when they don’t listen to me. I will not yell at my children when they don’t listen to me. I will not yell at my children when they don’t listen to me.

Along with showing up to practice I must remember to be kind to myself.  I just bet the kinder I am to myself the kinder I will be to my children.

The mother/daughter writing duo of Kidd and Kidd had to practice their new way of connecting (I can see where it is going and I am only on chapter 1) and I am sure David Ebershoff doesn’t have 19 wives, so he had to practice his craft of writing.  One page at a time.

I have put in my time on this blank page.  I will now go finish my “list” of 40 things I am grateful for in my journal.  Another practice I am working on…learning to be more grateful.  Then I will read a few pages of one of my books…practicing reading more.  Then I will practice dreaming in my sleep, so that I can wake up and write down any messages…practicing paying attention to my dreams. 

Oh, so much to practice and so much time to practice practicing.

by J.G. McGlothern

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One Response to “Show Up — Practice Part II”

  1. Bart Perman Says:

    Brenda told me about your blog last night. Very nice. I’m looking forward to future entries…..

    bp


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