Bjournal Gardening

I’ve been feeling a bit lost on this whole bjournalling thing. Remember the stages of creativity I posted a while back? I’m at stage 15-16. Every day I seem to be discovering writers with better observations, more important life missions, wittier turns of phrases. And, you know what? she asked rhetorically. As that wise frog once observed, it’s not that easy being green. Living with an omni-present green-eyed monster behind your eyes is soul-sucking, and more importantly creatively debilitating. 

Then, in a kindness from the universe, I discovered The Alchemist by Paul Coelho and I realized–well, I realized a lot of things in that read, but one of the more important ones is that my jealousy only serves to diminish myself, and the happiness of the world. I feel embarrassed by the grandiosity of that statement. If I’m unhappy, is the whole world unhappy? But think about it, if someone can’t be great because it will make the people around them (me) feel bad, how does that serve the world? So, I’ve decided to set aside my envy and be happy to recognize someone else’s greatness. It will make the world, at least my world, a better place to live, and serves as a beacon for me to follow. Well, maybe a better analogy is that I know I can forge my own trail, because I know others have done it.

This bjournal has been like a new garden. I’ve been digging, fertilizing, planting, and in essence seeing what wants to grow here. And now, that I’ve been doing it for awhile, I feel it’s time to make a bit of a commitment–mostly for myself. I need to straighten the rows, thin the radishes a little, prop up the tomatoes, do a little weeding.

So, I’m establishing a schedule:

Tuesday: a post about that trinity of brain issues: learning disabilities, ADHD, and aspergers. I hope that those of you who are parenting kids with these labels will join this important conversation. We need to find the things that work and don’t work and the only way we can know that is by sharing our experiences. I know I’ve been a bit remiss in this area of late and it’s mostly because in order to reduce my stress about it, I had to just throw it all in that room where company cannot go and lock the door for a while. Time to unlock the door and do some de-cluttering.

Wednesday: a reviewing of things I’ve read, watched, and discovered and am generally way too excited about.

Friday: An observational, probably humourous (but no guarantees) post about life in general.

Occasionally, if the spirit moves, there may be an additional random post. We’ll just call that the pretty weed in the garden.

I have no witty names for these days yet. I will wait for inspiration to strike. However, you could help out by making some suggestions. Comments are welcome any day of the week.

Have a great weekend everyone.

About Tentative Equinox North

Theatremaker, Homemaker, Thoughtmaker. Great hair, Probably looking forward to my next nap.
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6 Responses to Bjournal Gardening

  1. “Thinking Tuesday”
    “Once-Over Wednesday”
    “Free-Form Friday”

    I.A.M. the Branding Master!

  2. Barb says:

    I think it’s true that a happier you will make a better world. I’ll have to blather on about it later. But it is true. The key. Yahoo, another convert!

  3. Judy says:

    I love reading your bjournal, it is the only one I read so I don’t care if there are funnier, wittier or more clever ones out there! Every few days I check to see what you have written, as I have done since I discovered it while looking for Fast ForWord information back in January, and so often laugh out loud or contemplate the issues that you raise. Sometimes as I’m driving along and a driver tries to kill me on road I remember your post about drivers and I smile. After you posted something on Benjamin Zander I went and bought one of his books, The Art of Possibility, which was fantastic, but if it weren’t for your bjournal I would probably never had heard of him. Thank you for all the effort you put in to your writing, I really appreciate it!

    • Wow Judy. You just made my day. Maybe my month. It’s so easy to forget that often the people that are reading aren’t necessarily commenting. I know that’s true of me too. Thanks so much for letting me know.

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