One of those days

Categories: inspiration
May 6, 2010

Today was ‘just one of those days’ where nothing was working as it should. I woke up late, my blog redesign wasn’t coming together, the new character that I was creating for Vicki Lee-Victoria looked like it was drawn by a 3rd grader. Yada yada yada…I was discouraged.

All day I was looking forward to making dinner, a portabello mushroom risotto, which involves a good 20 minutes at the stove, stirring, stirring, adding broth, stirring some more. Stirring risotto soothes the soul in a way similar to knitting, or washing the floor on hands and knees…it demands meditation and calm, there’s no other way around it.

So, I was really looking forward to this 20 minute ‘meditation’ to clear my head.  But, things didn’t go quite as calmly as expected.  First of all, I had to turn off the stove and go to the grocer next to our building twice to pick up ingredients that we were out of.   Then, my (very poorly designed) Calphalon spatula flipped out of the sautee pan, throwing rice and onion all over the kitchen wall, cupboards, and garbage can. This happened not once, not twice, but three times…three times!  After the third missile I threw the spatula into the sink and then I threw a fit.

It would have been comedic if anyone was there to see it.

Anyway, tonight, just before bed, I sat down for a little one-on-one time with my Google Reader. I watched the below newly released video about Stephanie Nielson (aka nie nie) and I was instantly ashamed about my ‘poor me’ moment.   But, of course, I was uplifted too because her outlook on her new life is so inspiring. In particular, around the one minute mark she says “I am Stephanie Nielson, and I am not my body.”  This raised the hairs on my arms.

So, without further ado, I will stop gabbing and just let you watch this video already.

Note to self:

If you are having ‘just one of those days’, and you think that some mishap like mushroom and onion spattered across your kitchen wall entitles you to wallow in self-pity, remember that for some people ‘just one of those days’ means yet another trip to the burn ward, or oncology, or a food bank.  Those people are entitled to a bit of self-pity, but chances are they are handling their situation with grace.  Stay calm and realize that today is a good day.

LinkLove Fridays: Tough inspiration

Categories: inspiration,LinkLove
March 19, 2010

Karate Kid

There are countless blogs on the internet aimed at inspiring readers, and for every type of reader there is a different way to reach them. Sometimes you can hear the same truth a thousand times, but it takes hearing it said in just-that-particular-way for it to really click.  Because of this, there are plenty of subsets to the “Inspiro-blog”, such as: the ‘Follow your heart’ folks, the ‘Gratitude and spirituality’ group, the ‘You can do it!’ variety…

…And then there are the tough guys (and girls, although this is less common).

The tough guys are…well..tough.  They are uncompromising senseis of inspiration.  They admonish you to “Throw out your TV”, “Wake up early”, “Follow through”, “Wax on, WAX OFF!”  They do not mince words, they do not bother with flowery metaphor.  Instead, they give you a fierce slap of reality, right to the face.  Sometimes, when you are hyperventilating about what to do with your life, a good ‘reality slap’ is the only way to snap out of it*.  These guys will do that for you.

The tough guys are usually unconventional types who have found personal and financial success by living off the beaten path, and they want to help you do that too.   They have your best interest at heart, they just don’t mess around about it.

There are sooo many to choose from, but I would be here all day if I listed them all.  So, below I’ve listed five (in the order that I discovered them) that I have found to be particularly helpful.

Steve Pavlina of The personal development blog for smart people.

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits

Chris Guillebeau of The Art of Non-Conformity

Everett Brogue of Far Beyond the Stars

And last but not least Seth Godin of Seth Godin’s Blog.

Keep in mind, if this style of inspiration doesn’t work for you, move on.  Perhaps flowery metaphor is really your thing, or you’d rather stick with the classics (such as religious writings or Anthony Robbins (lol).)  We are barraged by advice all day, from all sides, so much so that it can be difficult to know who/what to listen to.  When this happens, the best bet is to pick a couple that resonate with you, and tune out all the rest.

*Don’t get any ideas.  Open Book does not promote the act of physically slapping anyone in the face.×5

Hi, I'm Tori, and welcome to my open book. I'm a freelance writer and web designer. This site is my scratch pad for thoughts and ideas, experiences and inspiration. Go ahead, eavesdrop on my life a little bit, you know you want to...