Today is the last day of my 31 Days of Advice challenge. I started a day early, left out two days in the middle, and gave yesterday a break for Savasana.
My last piece of advice for myself is a phrase we say to one another on Kairos retreats at the school where I work. On a Kairos retreat, the seniors go on a four-day self and God-discovery journey with their teachers and peer leaders. Sometimes the going is rough.
Trust the process, we remind each other. It’s the best advice of all.
Trust the process may sound airy fairy, but one of the best writing teachers I’ve ever learned with said the very same thing to us at a workshop last month. We were talking about how in revision it can be difficult to shape the stories we want to tell so that they say the things we want them to say. Trust the process was the big answer to all of it. Keep writing and revising and paying attention to craft. Keep attending to the work and trust the subconscious mind to discover the solutions.
When I trust the process, I release the need for instant gratification. I do the work. The work itself is the important thing, in everything. If I do not find value in the process, then I am doing the wrong work. If I am doing the right work, then there is no need to worry, force, or fret. If I am doing the right work, the results will be good.
The journey is all. The end is never the end. Thanks for being a part of this blog with me.
Reflect on your self five years ago. Ten years ago. Even one year ago. What were your worries then? With everything you know now, what would you tell your past self to assuage those fears?
Reflect on the next seven days. What manageable creative or work goals could you achieve in this time if you worked without distractions? How is it possible to reduce distractions for yourself?
What would you accomplish if you weren’t concerned with the outcome?
What would you accomplish if you had a one year sabbatical to do nothing but what you wanted? What about a five years sabbatical? Reflect on what it would take to do those things even without time off of regular work. Just imagine.