Archive for the anxiety Tag

Where the Obsession May Lead

Say I was just a little bit obsessed with writing this book. Would that be so bad? Maybe we have to become saturated with it, like a painter or an actor, to really convince anyone it’s worth their time. I suppose the obvious (and well-documented) problem with this is what such an obsession tends to lead to. Fact is, with writers
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Face Your Shame

I’m still up on the high of teaching at the Story Vision Fiction Retreat in Seattle. So I’m still thinking about the last session I shared earlier today… Has what you’ve faced made you realize the value of your story? When we’ve been through difficult, painful things that laid us out, we can find God has helped us through. We can
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And She Is Not Afraid

A robin landed on the deck railing today with the makings of a nest in her mouth.  Have you noticed when you slow down long enough to hear them, the little thoughts that come unbidden can be entire new worlds to explore? The difficulty is, of course, slowing down. I’m trying to write today, so I’m procrastinating. But once you’re
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Waiting In Bewilderment

“To be engrossed by something outside ourselves is a powerful antidote for the rational mind, the mind that so frequently has its head up its own ass—seeing things in such a narrow and darkly narcissistic way that it presents a colo-rectal theology, offering hope to no one.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird Navel-gazing is one thing. A “colo-rectal theology” puts
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The Fearsome Power of Fear

What does it take to find true inner freedom from fear? I’ve read a lot of authors, a lot of books, heard countless stories, biographies, memoirs, novels. Countless sermons, Bible stories, tv shows, movies. Roughly estimating from the time I was a kid watching Sesame Street to now 39 years later, I’ve probably heard, watched, read and lived well-near a
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