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On this path, as you relinquish your judgements and realize that things are not inherently right or wrong, it makes it harder to choose.  It appears that we, as a species, or at least a country, tend to be lazy about making choices.  We all face so many in a day!  There’s this beautiful thing about life, though: You can make a choice not to choose and life will still go on.  If you don’t make a choice, one will be made for you.

But I want to be at Cause in my life, I want to co-create and in order to do that, I have to make choices.  But, how do I know what to do?  It’s hard to know exactly what’s best for me in all situations. What is right? The answer to whether something is “right” or “wrong” lies within.  Not in what happens, but in how I feel about it.

It must come down to the fact that it doesn’t really matter what I choose.  Any choice is fine.  If it turns out not to be for my best good (and I will know that by the way I feel) I can just make another choice.

Maybe it’s just that simple.

I took a writing class once with a teacher who was so harsh I almost gave up writing forever.  The jury is still out as to whether his treatment strengthened my resolve as a writer or just delayed my growth by many months.  As with most things, though, if you try, you can always find something good in it.

He gave me one wonderful thing: something he called a Mumble Sheet.  And I have used it more times than I can count since then.  It’s useful to get started, to get out of a corner or to figure things out inside your head. It’s a simple and elegant process through which you can discover just what you want to say.  That is, really, the hardest part of writing.  (It can also be a tricky part of life!)

The process is this: Take a pen and paper (or a computer and an open file if you must) and just talk to yourself about it.  Instead of trying to get it right, being clever, engaging your reader and dazzling them with your wit, just write.  Don’t bother if it’s in the right order, tense, punctuated correctly, or even in complete sentences.  Just let it flow.

For example: “What I want to do is talk about how beautiful it is here.  Be sure to mention the sounds. The waves, the birds, the children at play.  It also smells good.  It reminds of days at the shore with my parents . . .” Just let it flow.  Whatever comes out.  (Though it does help to stay close to the topic.)

You can use this for all kinds of things.  “I don’t know how I feel about how she treated me today.  Was that comment meant to undermine me?  What could her motivations be?”  It’s a good rehearsal for a talk with someone in the real world.  You might say, “How do I want to approach this meeting?  What is it I need to know from it?”  For a character study in fiction you might start like this: “I think he’s been hurt in his past.  Maybe his first girlfriend told him he was a terrible football player and only got on the team because of his dad . . .”  Fact or fiction, it can help you understand people better.

The trick is to step away from having to write it “well.”  Rather than diving in and trying to say it, just write about what you want to say, how you want it to feel, what you’d like to accomplish.  It’s just an informal discussion between me, myself and I.

“Is this really what she would say in response to his demand?  Where is she right now?  How is she feeling?”

“I want this piece to tell the story of how people survived the Dust Bowl.  There are a lot of places I can go for information.  I should make a list of them.  I want to focus on the fact that the land was just fighting back.”

It’s a powerful place to start.  Allow yourself to spill everything you want to say.  When you’re ready to start writing or have that talk, you will have a much better idea about how to do it.

I’ve observed that life will come at you as it will.  I believe it manifests itself based on several things: Your thoughts, your wishes or intentions, and picking up whatever is in your path from the Collective Consciousness.

So what you see in front of you is a collage of inputs.  It’s not there because you “deserve” it.  Nor is it proof of something you did or didn’t do.  It is, simply, what you conjured up.  Therefore you are free to choose how you wish to experience it.

Now, the question is: What are you going to do with it?  That is the central question to ask of everything.

Life isn’t about deserving or not deserving.  Proof of your goodness or badness. It’s not about rewards or punishments.  (I’ve often wondered if God would employ someone to keep track of all this. On a scale, I might add, that is not made clear to us.)

Life is about how we choose to be in relationship to whatever is happening around us. How do you want to relate to what your life is? What do you choose to do with what you have?  Simple, but awesome.

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