Do you get frustrated that your children are not listening to you? Do you ever feel that they might take your words or advice lightly? With four children and many grand’s, I can relate to that feeling.
Not only do you worry as a parent that your words of wisdom are not heard, if you have several children, you wonder if you remembered to at least share the basic information with each one.
Writing your memoirs is a way to once again share your words of wisdom with children. Even if those children are grown up with their own children and grandchildren, seeing your words in print could be timely in their life.
Writing a long essay would be only one form of sharing your words. Try this tip to get your words in writing too.
One year, I bought a small journal and decided to write short observations, funny sayings, wise thoughts, opinions and perceptions in it. Each page would have only one short note. When the journal was full, it would be wrapped up as a gift and handed to my child. That is a great way for you to collect your thoughts as they come to you. It creates a memory book for your child and a way for you to hand down words of wisdom in a permanent format.
You don’t need anything fancy, a school tablet is fine. Some art stores have mini-journals for less than $1.00. The value of the journal doesn’t matter as much as the value of the words.
Get started today. What does reading this short piece make you think about that you have always said to your kids? Make that the first entry to your journal. Then keep the journal with you or close by at all times. You will be surprised how you start to remember information to share with your children throughout the day. Soon your first memory book could be completed and you move on to the next. You could even take that book, get the sayings transcribed and make copies for everyone in the family.
The Internet in my area was down for three days. I haven’t been able to post to my blog. I haven’t been able to respond to my coaching clients. I haven’t been able to surf the net — my nervous habit “fix.” It’s awful to be dependent on technology when it has control of you. When technology goes down, panic set in.
I get up in the morning, turn on the computer and go to my email. I waste a lot of time reading and responding to email, as if that’s my work. So in a way, the outage made me rethink how I start my day. Instead of going to email, I actually had to go to the wordprocessing system instead. The only thing I could do there was write. So I ended up writing more than I would have if I was surfing the net or doing other projects.
Sometimes drastic measures force you to make changes in the habits of your life. What seems like a bad thing and very frustrating actually turns out to be a good thing. A Biblical verse says “All things work together for the good —.” Having a three day outage turned out to be a good thing. I think I’m backed up now and need to catch up. But in reality, I know I need to streamline my activities. I even came up with new ideas for doing my work while I had to sit away from the computer and THINK instead of look at ideas of other people.
What is your morning habit? What do you do automatically when you get to the computer? Do you write first or find a way to be distracted? The first step to changing any type of habit is to identify the habit. Tomorrow morning, be totally conscious of your steps. What exactly do you do upon awakening? Do you go first to make coffee? Do you pray or meditate and plan your day with care? Do you jump right into reading stuff, surfing the net, looking at email?
Write about this. Be detailed and specific so you can see where you time is going and what you could do to make writing more important in your life.
Most people worry about writer’s block. I don’t believe in writer’s block. Doing writing practice knocked that out of me long ago. I’ve learned to sit down and just start writing. It took some time because I couldn’t write at the keyboard at first. I had to put the words on paper to make them make sense. I still do that at times when the words just won’t mush correctly. But practicing my writing on a daily basis makes it so I can usually always come up with something to write.
That brings up another issue.
Like today. I’ve been writing since around 8 a.m. this morning. It’s 7 p.m. at night. I got a lot done, even caught up on old projects. But now I’m not worried about writer’s block, I’m more concerned about getting a bad case of Writer’s Butt.
If I don’t start getting out to exercise instead sitting typing all day — well you get the visual.
Imagine that you spent the last 20 days writing for 10 hours a day. You forgot to get up and exercise. What are you worried about now? Writer’s block or writer’s butt? Sorry, you have another 20 mintues to practice then you can go for that walk!