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Redbanks, South Australia, Australia
Contact me if you'd like to know more about this writing group. My email address is jeebers@aussiebb.com.au

Ananka - one of our Pharaoh Hounds

Ananka - one of our Pharaoh Hounds
Ananka knows how to enjoy life - catch and eat birdies!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Creative Writing - Good for Your Health

"By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be." -Mark Victor Hansen

How do you find your way toward Good Health?

There are many ways to move toward good health. There are also many different kinds of health. The most obvious type of health is physical health. Creative Writing can help you figure out ways that you can improve your physical health, maybe not directly, but indirectly - you can write lists of the different aspects of physical health that you can work on, such as exercise, nutrition, finding time.

Spiritual good health is certainly helped by using Creative Writing. You can explore you own spiritual beliefs with your writing, using poetry, essays, stories. Many people write their way to good Spiritual health through their journalling, which is a non-threatening and non-judgmental way of exploring your ideas.

Emotional good health is also helped with journal writing. Working your way through issues that are causing emotional strife can lead you to solve these problems, and so show you better ideas for your emotional health.

If you follow Mark Victor Hansen's idea of recording you dream and goals, you will be putting in place plans that can solve so many issues that have been causing you trouble.

Once you start getting your thoughts down on paper for yourself, you are on your way to overall good health. If you keep a journal, those thoughts will always be there to show you what you've been doing wrong, how you worked out ideas to make things better, and the good results of your work.

Begin a journal today, and you will be on your Personal Path to Better Health.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Frittery Will Get You Nowhere

Do you ever find yourself frittering away your time, going from one thing to the next without ever achieving a thing? Well if that is how your days go, welcome to the lives of so many others.

In the modern age, there are so many things available for us to choose from – hobbies, so many different hobbies!, movies, books, sports, courses, radio, TV, restaurants, family, friends. There is barely time to get through the morning paper, get to work, shop, get home, watch TV, eat, housework, visit family and friends.

It’s no wonder our heads are in a whirl trying to sift through the clouds of should do this, must do that, have to do, and so on.

“Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.” Elbert Hubbard

Elbert Hubbard was born in 1856 in America. He did many different things in his early life, but went on to set up the Roycroft Arts and Crafts community, which was a hub for many of the great and creative people of his time. This group included writers, philosophers and free thinkers.

Elbert focussed his main energies on this group, publishing a great many works of biography, history and great thought.

Elbert didn’t fritter his time, he maintained his focus on the things that matter to him, right to the very end of his life in 1915, when he and his second wife, Alice, both died when the boat they were on, the Lusitania was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-20. So ended a great thinker.

You can take something from this life. Elbert Hubbard accomplished much, because he didn’t get distracted by the little things in life that didn’t help him achieve his goals. His idea of holding to what must be done, every single day, to achieve what you most want to achieve.

Elbert Hubbard is remembered now through many pithy quotes, that relate to life now in the 21st century as much as they did last century and the century before, when he lived.

What is it you most want from your life? Hold to that thing, work toward it every single day, and every day will bring you closer to what you most desire.

Whether your desired thing is good health, a happy family life, publication of a book, a career in acting, hold to that thought, and work toward it. The skimpy, time-wasting items in life will seem less important then, and you will be able to focus on the main goal of your life.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

How to Motivate Yourself

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily. -Zig Ziglar

That's an interesting quote to think about. I found it on this website today, and I've been thinking about it off and on ever since. We often talk about needing to get motivated to do something, or we talk about what motivates us.

But so often people drift through their days, worrying or stressing about the things in their life they've left undone. They think, if they had something to motivate them, they could get things done that need to be done.

On this website
they talk about Seven Rules of Motivation. I found it interesting, that the main thrust of what they were saying was that things that do do that interest you are more likely to get done. Your interest in the subject keeps you motivated to keep working on a project, task and so on.

I particularly liked the idea of breaking a major task down into smaller goals. Achieving small goals can keep you on the path of achieving a major task. I have an ongoing issue with my family dining table. There are three of us in the family, and at the moment, we all have piles of papers on our side of the table.

Actually, I've just looked at the table - the only paper on my son's side of the table is money, and he knows how to deal with that, he's a teenager - he'll spend it!

Anyway, my husband and I are both guilty of storing papers on the table, to be looked at "later". When will "later" be? Well I hope for me, "later" will be tomorrow morning. I'd like to be able to clear lots of the papers away, action them and so on but...

I need motivation, today, tomorrow, and every day, if I am ever going to actually be able to see the dining table under the mess of papers. What could motivate me to do something about it?

I've looked at the Seven Rules of Motivation again - maybe the key to my issue here is breaking the thing down into smaller goals. The idea of clearing the whole table is so daunting, I avoid thinking about it. What I can do though, is make a goal of clearing away one thing, every time I walk past the table.

That doesn't seem difficult, just one little thing cleared away at a time. I think I've found the answer. I'm looking at the table right now, and I can see an item that I can put on the recycle pile right now!

There!! I've done it!!

The next time you have an issue with motivation, think about the seven rules, and don't expect to stay motivated without doing anything to keep yourself motivated - motivation is something you have to do every day, just like bathing, if you want to keep clean of problems

Waiting for night to come

Waiting for night to come
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