Commitment In June
I wrote this post at the start of this month in my notebook but I’m sharing this now since I had stepped away from personal writing here for about a month.
Once again I turn to Emily P Freeman’s questions to review the previous month and plan for the next one.
Looking Back On May
What was your favourite photograph from May?
My favourite photograph (a video actually) is of Lucky sitting outside and watching the world go by.
After Pablo’s passing, we were worried about her – she was ill and seemed depressed. But she’s overcome that. She’s made her own little routine and although she clearly misses Pablo, she has moved on.
To me, this is symbolic of what is happening in the world around me. We’re all learning to cope with the passing of friends and family. We’re learning to be strong. It’s a mixture of grief and gratitude that we are experiencing – sadness and so many tears at the passing of loved ones, gratitude for their lives, and gratitude to be alive!
A thoughtful moment in May
There were several moments. Especially when I write my Morning Pages, I have a lot of time for reflection. But one thing that stands out for me from May, is a conversation I had with José. We were talking about various events in the past and some decisions we made in a hurry. Then José shared something that I could have interpreted as criticism of me. Honestly, until a few months ago, I wouldn’t have taken it well. I found myself really listening, understanding and accepting. I know there was no anger from his side, only facts, and I accepted it in the right spirit. That’s a big change I see in me, and I’m grateful for the growth and the ability to accept the truth even when it’s difficult.
What’s something that you look forward to in June?
Creating. Writing a lot. I’m rediscovering the joys of writing all my posts by hand first. (I love fountain pens, so it’s an excuse to get some more!) Also I’ve started work on some course outlines and hope to offer them soon on The Frangipani Creative. I’m also looking forward to having my podcast published every Wednesday ( the first episode of the new series The A to Z of Creativity is out already. Go here to have a listen).
My mind is constantly churning out ideas and I am learning to capture them better.
Learning. I’m committed to change and growth and have made a sizeable monetary investment in my learning. I’m excited to read, listen and and practice what I learn.
As I look on the month of May, I realize that although I had every intention to Focus and did a good job of prioritising what I wanted to do during the month, I didn’t actually commit to this enough. So I’m choosing Commitment for June.
Committing to creating more, practicing more, and saying ‘Yes’ to the opportunities available to me. I’m going to remind myself of Jean-Paul Sartre’s words.
Commitment is an act, not a word!Jean-Paul Sartre