Sometimes you just need to sit down, reflect, and decide on what needs to change. That’s a hard process. Sometimes it is very gut-wrenching, because change isn’t easy for most of us. Please don’t tell me you thrive in an ever-changing environment! I’ll be so jealous.
But what if you’re afraid to change?
I am. And with all this talk of the new year and goals, I feel like digging my heels in. But as I’ve been reflecting on my steps for 2013, a few things became clear with the help of mentors. One of the many changes that I need to work on is my writing voice. I’ve drug my feet. I’ve procrastinated. I don’t want to move, but here I am right in the process of trying to be brave. (brave – I think that should be my word for 2013)
You see, I’m not much about being politically and religiously correct.
What good does that do us all to numb down our lives to fit a watered down margin of people? Instead I believe in the truth of a situation, because living in somebody else’s correctness is so grey!
Learning more about this thing called ‘writing voice’, however, I realize I do water down my words.
I’m religiously and politically correct.
In my actions, I’m not worried about being correct. But in my words, I am. Y’all this is nauseating! Oh I have to say, I’m not proud because who cares about grey?
I don’t think following a correctness of a society benefits anyone. Just turn on the news and you’ll see my point. They spend their time arguing over the “who cares” matters, more than they do the truth that could benefit a nation.
But that’s me. Smoothing over words, making sure they hit the page free of thoughts and phrases that might offend you. Why would I want to change, put the truth of what I see out there, only for you to ridicule? I have no intentions of offending, but watering down the truth is not brave. It’s actually a disservice to my heart, you, and the situation.
So the writing voice change is in the process. This change will be ever on-going, as with so many other areas of our lives. Change will always be hard, whether it is as insignificant as changing the style of your writing voice, to changing an attitude, to dropping an old habit, to getting up and exercising. Change hurts temporarily, but empowers and strengthens us for the future.
Have you made a recent change lately?
Was it a scary process for you?
I’m seeing so clearly that change is an uncomfortable feeling. The comfort zone is gone. The old habits don’t want to die. The new habits struggle to spring forth and it feels like there is a battle within.
If you need a change today, I hope you’ll step out and join me in making changes in 2013. Some changes will be personal, some financial, some physical, and some will seem insignificant at the moment, but I challenge you to step out and conquer new territory and forge ahead to new heights. Be brave with me!
What do you see in yourself that needs to change to reflect who you really are?
Oh, and are you religiously and politically correct?