Well, I’ve come to something new in my entries here. I think it would be dead boring stupid to copy and paste the first chapter and beginning of the second one here. However, I have thought about a few things associated with this process of my rewriting.
When I wrote and revised — not rewrote — the first version of The Fellowship of the Heart, I was in total isolation in terms of anyone reading it and receiving any feedback. After I had gotten it into a form I thought was okay, I made a video and asked for beta readers, which I previously recounted in these articles. The response was very positive, but that wasn’t the case with my editor.
Now, I have taken a balanced approach and counseled with my heart in this. I want to rewrite and make it better. I did not do the job I wanted to on the first version, even though I went through it like five times. I felt so strongly about it, I thought just get it out there. Wisdom, though, says to be patient. Even those who responded positively before should appreciate the rewrite. I will see because I have a few trusted advisors, and I will gauge their response to the first three or four new chapters, along with my editor. I’m about halfway through the second chapter right now.
Why bother you with all this? Several reasons. I would encourage you, especially if you’re a writer, to not live in isolation when living your purpose. After all, the purpose of our Purpose engages us with the Universe. We shouldn’t hide. I have come to the conclusion that with me, even though I was and am doing the work of my heart, I let the expression of that be suppressed by ego.
How? Well, the fact that I let no one see what I was working on was almost superstitious, and it was definitely self-protection. If someone hated it, I would probably have been discouraged and quit. I’m good at that when I don’t really engage in fellowship with my own heart. This may not be true for everyone, but it was for me. I throw it out there for you to consider.
Another reason I share this involves my even fuller realization of the connection between a vision and execution. It’s not like I didn’t know this, but I know it better now. The often missing connection is an action plan, a mission with goals, that stands as the bridge between vision and the realized dream. Vague ideas don’t cut it.
My experience of my own writing illustrates this to me. It’s a far cry from sharing snippets of conversations, relationships, and possible actions and then putting them into chapters of a book intended to help others discover their own self-identity and life purpose or even give them a place to begin thinking about it. I can splash out ideas in articles like this all day, but my actions and goals must include time set aside to write the chapters and create a novel. How many chapters per time period, how much work over what amount of time, should be written down. This will make my novel and expression of myself into a real product, something from which others can benefit. Execution. Just do it.
I wondered when I worked on the novel the first go round how I could share it. I kept moving forward, slowly at first, but the desire and energy towards it kept producing meaningful paths.
This is why it’s so crucial to speak to Heart and be self-aware. Otherwise, we may never know when answers are right before us. Ego is good at rationalizing answers away. The help of authors and people expressing and living their life Purpose are often all around. Just check #’s on Twitter or Instagram. Friends who may have abilities or wisdom we never noticed before might be a text away. For me, former students who cared about me offered suggestions and encouragement to put the knowledge of things like the law of attraction and its many corollaries into more serious and concerted action.
So, for now, I write and share the journey and some of the ideas and my work on various social media platforms. These are answers, for me, to isolation. I let folks in every day — at least for the last 211 days. I know if I don’t write and publish, I’m not sharing my personal truth and no one can benefit. And it doesn’t matter if only one person did, it’s still an expression of love to that one.
And I keep writing down the mission and goals, adjusting, extending, and planning — to execute, to work in order to see dreams materialize before my eyes.
Questions to consider:
How many times have you asked yourself or simply thought about the following questions?
Who am I, really?
What is my truth?
How do my actions reveal what I really feel and believe?
What would I do with my life if I could do anything?
What is my passion?
Why am I here?
How can I discover answers to any of these questions?
If you have considered any of these questions, I hope that my experiences and writing will give you some guidance. Please read my blog and comment and share your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!