My dad is no longer around, but I imagine he would have been as pleased as I was to receive an invite to guest post on G.L's blog. Part of the email reads as follows:
You can discuss ANY topic that YOU think the readers of WWDS would enjoy... I already know what and how you write, so I am sure I will be OK with anything you submit.
I thank G.L. for this great opportunity to share and also to review something I already knew, but seemed to have forgotten.
Oh, how I wanted to do a good job for G.L.! However, in that desire to do well, I became very head-based. I pondered every word, wondering if there was a better way to say it and if the grammar and punctuation were correct. I was out of the flow and sitting on very dry land.
My best writing comes from my heart. It is as if the words flow directly out of my fingers, onto the paper and my brain becomes dormant, which it isn't. It's just operating at a very different level.
Late last night, I realized that I was stifling my creativity by forcing the writing. So, I began again - this time I applied heart and wrote about what I knew.
After sending it off this morning to G.L., I received this response:
This is very, very good Marianna, thanks so much. Thanks again for doing this...I hope it was fun for you...and, it will surely help some people...just a lovely article. You have a gift for writing.
This is where the "Reverberational Effect" comes in. It began with a generous offer by G.L., which allowed me to do something I love. In the process, I was taken through a refresher course - something we can all use from time to time. His positive and encouraging feedback makes me feel great and that is good for my heart rhythms, which positively affects those around me and how I do what I do.
I was especially thankful to read this: "...it will surely help some people." That was one of my intentions in writing "Stressing the Job Market".
Like sound that continues on and on and on and on and on, so, too, do the good feelings generated by this experience. A heartfelt thanks, G.L.!
Speaking of reverberation, I highly recommend Dig Your Job by G.L. Hoffman. It's filled with wonderful, practical tips to transform your workplace and job-search stress. What a way to impress Auntie Stress!
I'd love to hear from you:
- How do you know when you're in the flow?
- What feeds your creativity?
- What is the quality of your performance when you are not stressed? How do you feel?
- What lessons have you recently reviewed, thanks to the knowing or unknowing help of others?