I just read a great post on Elana Johnson‘s blog: Stop the Violins. In honor of this bumper sticker Elana saw, she is vowing to stop whining.
I think this is awesome, and I vow to do the same. For the past week, I’ve been caught up with lots of other projects — including my never-ending attempt to sort out our taxes (uggh) — and haven’t been writing. And because of that, I can feel the frustration building within me. I whine to myself and my dog and my husband and the walls and anything else that will listen (all right, the walls aren’t listening, but they’re there) about how much stuff I have to do, but it’s not getting me any closer to writing. It’s just feeding my frustration.
So today I’m stopping. No More Whining! Stop the Violins!
Today I’m going to turn around my thinking, and instead of looking at how much stuff I have to do and how far away I am from being finished and back to writing, I’m going to look at how much I’ve done and how my writing time is getting closer and closer.
Aaaahhh! I feel better already. It’s amazing how changing the way you think can change your circumstances.
From now on, no whining, just doing.
Now, I must get back to doing those taxes.
How do you overcome all the things that get in the way of your writing? How do you stop your frustrations?
Excellent! Non-whiners unite! 🙂 It’s hard to stop the frustration, because it comes in so many forms. But I find that if I simply keep going, I can at least feel like I’m doing something. Sometimes the only way through a problem or whatever, is THROUGH. 🙂
You’re right, Elana. Thanks for the inspiration.