Day 2437 – Day 2471
I haven’t been writing much on this website this year. I think that is because I have been spending so much time writing videos on my YouTube channel as I work each month through each of the practices that go along with the long term practice of Gratitude.
This month we are working on Living a Life on Purpose and I’ve posted videos on Values, and a video on the struggle of practicing Gratitude during a Pandemic. This week I posted today a video on Transforming Limiting Beliefs and I will be posting an interview with Mandeep Rai, PhD, author of the International Bestseller, the Values Compass..
I will also be producing videos on Dreaming and Goal Setting and a little something about Flourishing. I will probably be doing my shortcut video that always seems to be popular for each practice – a kind of Top 10 tips video, too.
The YouTube channel takes a lot of time. I liken it to the time difference involved in writing a script to the time it takes to write a script, record and ‘act’ in the script, edit and produce the film and then upload it and respond to the audience. It has taken a lot of time from my painting, and writing time for this website. But the audience for YouTube is different from blogs and I want to make sure I reach as many people as I can.
I want to get through this year and lay down some valuable content and then I will determine whether or how often I will continue to upload videos. I think I will feel that I have fulfilled a part of my purpose if I can deliver good content for a year on each of the practices. It’s a bit of the legacy I’d like to leave behind for others. I’m not getting any younger and time in hospital, two years ago, taught me to get moving on this work.
As I’m not getting younger, and my readers are travelling this journey with me, you might notice that I’ve increased the font on my posts. My eyes are grateful for this change! I hope that yours are, as well.
I also write a weekly email to my subscribers. Are you signed up yet for the email list? You might want to join it. I’m not hawking anything and even if I do have products to sell, in future, the intention of the email list is to provide inspiring content, every week. You can unsubscribe at any time, if you don’t like it. However, I do encourage you to subscribe because, as I am spreading myself thinner, it will be another place where you will get to enjoy my writing on the practices.
The danger, of course, is that I spend so much time creating content about the practices and how to embody them, that I neglect my own work. To make sure that doesn’t happen, I’ve been working through the prompts on the 2021 TTDOG calendar (a set of daily prompts which I create for each month around the practice upon which we focus that month) but I do miss writing here about my own journey, for my readers, as well as for my own development . Of course, writing here is essential for the unfolding of the practices that come from a long term practice of gratitude as they come from my own reflections on the practice.
I’m grateful that I have found a focus for my channel and that the content is laid out ahead of me. It gives me the sense of living my own life on purpose. I’m also grateful for the yearning to write these more reflective posts and not to neglect my readers here. The connection we have built over the years is one of my most valued and I offer my apologies for neglecting you a little this year as I’ve found my feet in producing video content. Perhaps I will call it quits at the end of the 2021 calendar year and return to it when I am in a position to have others do the editing and producing for me.
I feel my value is added in the writing of the content and perhaps in the delivery as it all comes from my lived experience. However, the pressure on my time will only intensify as we return to the confines of working in the office location again. I yearn to have time in my studio creating artwork where my mind is emptied and I get into a state of flow from which more creativity can pour forth. I am grateful this morning for a gray day so that I don’t feel that I need to rush out to record a video (or the next two or three) and I can sit here and write a postcard to my readers and let you know that I’m still here, I still care that you are well and happy and as ever, I am grateful for this glorious life.