When I came across Natalie Goldberg's "Wild Mind" at my last library visit, I picked it up mostly because I thought it would be a great way to become better at writing this blog. To tell you the truth - I haven't had such a good time writing since... well, ever. This book has helped me resurface memories that I thought had got lost and to whet my imagination.
It has also helped me to be kinder to myself. Do you know what I mean when I say we have both a sweetheart and an editor inside of us? The sweetheart makes us feel good about ourselves by saying things like "You did such a great job on that hand-in!". The editor is counteracting the sweetheart by saying things like "But remember that you almost failed on that last one". I don't know your relationship to the two of them, but in my Editor has for a long time pushed around my Sweetheart.
So I followed Goldberg's exercise and let the Sweetheart talk alone for 30 minutes through my writing. I let him be Buddha and Mother Theresa at once. I was surprised, not only by how many good things I actually could write down about myself, but also how good it made me feel. I had overlooked the qualities I should be proud of. My strong sense of empathy and my patience are a couple of them.
What is your Sweetheart telling you?