Sunday, April 29, 2012

Y is for Yes

I found this challenge quite challenging. To write on a topic with thematic and alphabetical guidelines really stretched me past my comfort zone folks. I skipped a few days of writing to take care of “real life” and myself/my needs. With this and one more post left, I am grateful I agreed to do it and stuck to my guns with minor wavering.

It was not without unforeseen glitches along the way.
Who doesn't have events beyond their control?
I don't know of anyone who does.

So in keeping with the promise I made to myself about posting essays, I have, on days I wrote yet wasn't eager to write, made use of a cheat sheet/topic reference list which I created two weeks prior to the A to Z challenge's maiden voyage. 
That list has been a go-to many a day.

Like with this post.

Oh sure, I wrote twice today already, but since I really want this to be over, I shall stretch.
And in this pushing, I will grow even more.

Proving to yourself that you can do things, which at first survey seem easy, yet are not as easy as you originally thought, is a challenge in and of itself. It is a real boost to the system though. Like sticking to a new diet or exercise regime, taking on something that propels you usually goes against current habits, and breaking them, even a little bit, is not a cake walk.

Today I want to talk about YES.

I said Yes to accepting this challenge.
I wanted to write about poignant issues filling my heart and head and life and share these contents with cyborglandiers, i.e.: you folks.
I wanted to grow as a writer and instill a new level of creative discipline into my daily goings-on.
That is not what ended up happening.

What did end up happening is this:
I wrote and wrote about subjects from my heart. I shared interests in ways I enjoy developing my soul. And I couldn't care less about the discipline of a writing practice. I got that. The letter limitation was a different story, but I approached that as a student's outlook and had fun regardless.

 Like anything in life- it is how you approach it- 
 your attitude dictates the real outcome. 

 I said yes. 

I want to say YES to many more creative ventures, 
YES to many more limit-pushing [yet small and gentle- for starters] challenges
 and YES to evolving.
I had no idea what I would actually get out of doing this, but I enjoyed it more than I would in certain ways and less in others.
Predictions are meaningless so often when it comes to our intentions.

I subscribed to and commented on blogs I would have not read any other time. I feel like we taught each other pertinent things about seemingly useless or random (only to others...) subjects and fascinated one another with sharing our personal mysteries. Who knew that some folks who “usually” blog about life and cars and work have passions for such unrelated things? Who knew that the cynics were as sweetly sensitive as they can be sarcastic? Thanks to this sometimes chore of a challenge, I know this now, and have a greater appreciation for you.
I thank all the readers who may or may not continue following and send lovey interweb hugs to anyone reading this blog ever ever.

To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It is easy to say no, even if saying no means death.

I say Yes to getting out of my comfort zone.
I say Yes to calling my own shots and boundaries.
I say Yes to YES!!!


  1. And I say YES to this post!

    I've got to say, that it's been wonderful sharing this side of you.

    Out of the blogs from this challenge, yours has been one of the most detailed and though provoking.

    1. Lili,
      Thanks... from the bottom of my topsy-turvy heart......

    2. Lily-
      Sorry about my typo. It's far too early for me to compute... blip blip blip

  2. What a fantastic reminder for us that we ought to always be growing, and stretching and pushing ourselves. Yes.

    ~ Rhonda Parrish


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