I’ve learned to pay attention when the universe knocks on my door. Admittedly, in the past, I have let multiple hints slip right by me until something drastic comes along to jolt me out of my fog.
This time the messages started with a notebook from the bins inside Target’s front entrance. I picked up one with Yoda on the front. A conversation bubble above his head said, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
I put it in my cart.
Yesterday I attended a cold wax workshop by Sara Post, a wonderful encaustic artist from Davis, CA. In addition to a demonstration on technique, she offered this advice: “If you’re going to do it, do it very.” Artists are always concerned about pushing too far and ruining a piece. I loved this advice.
This morning at my women’s Kaia workout, the message on the board said, “Committing to 99% is brutal; 100% is easier.” If you think 99% is a good enough goal for workout, nutrition, intentions, etc., then you’ve opened the door to eroding away your resolve. That makes it harder. I hadn’t thought of it that way before.
I subscribe to Seth Godin’s blog. Today his advice was that showing up isn’t enough. To paraphrase: “Your job is to surprise and delight and change the agenda, escalate, and reset expectations.”
How do all these signs relate to my writing?
My mystery novel is finished. It’s been revised, reviewed and polished. Of course, I could work on it forever, but that doesn’t get it out the door. I’ve been researching agents and sending out queries, but I’m still on the fence about whether self-publishing is a better way to go.
I think the universe is saying: Do it very. Give 100% and you will surprise and delight yourself.
Do you listen when the universe speaks to you?