What You Do Today Impacts Everything, Past, Present And Future.

In every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.
~ Iroquois proverb

We Don’t Live In A Bubble
What a perfect time to do nothing!

What a perfect time to do nothing!

These past few weeks my blog has gone fallow as I try to decide which path to take in the future. I examined many ideas and visualized different paths in trying to chart my course.

All of this thinking and deliberating lead to one thing. Nothing…

Deliberation, while necessary, can become a crutch and an excuse for inaction. I’ll admit that this is where I’ve found myself these past few weeks… Thinking and not doing.

And the thinking hasn’t even been very productive. It’s been more like watching mental sitcoms… Some of it’s been entertaining but overall it’s been a waste of time.

Do Something Today That Your Future Self Will Thank You For

Nine months ago I started this blog without really knowing where I wanted to go with it… Between then and now, I’ve gained experience in what I do and don’t like… I’m pleasantly surprised that my writing seems to resonate with a lot of you, based on the comments I receive for my posts…

I’ve done a lot of reading about how to make money online, but many of the techniques seem too scammy and salesman-like… I’m not a salesman and despise trying to convince someone they need what I have to offer.

I love creating and I enjoy the interaction with others my blog promotes. Many of you have written me with thanks and stories of how my writing has helped and inspired you… I like this a lot too.

Nine months ago I couldn’t guess what I wanted from my blog, nor could I imagine where it would be today. All I wanted to do was do something that, a year later, I would look back and say “thanks John, for finally getting off your butt and doing something worthwhile”.

I believe I’ve already met that goal, even though I still have three months to go. I’ve created something out of nothing and I’ve helped others. To me, that seems like success…

So What Happened?

So, why has my blog been sort of inactive lately? Truthfully, it’s because I lost faith in myself. Yes, I can blame part of it on being very ill for quite a while, and part on the drama of gaining custody of my daughter… Those are excuses though.

What really happened is I didn’t have a firm plan, I didn’t really know how to proceed and the challenges were good reasons to not blog. I didn’t REALLY believe in myself, even though I write so much about doing just that.

I’ve spent too much time reading about making money online and not enough on building upon what I’ve already created… Doug, and this blog…

Refocusing

I’m excited about Doug and this blog again. I believe I know how to move forward now… In the next couple of weeks I plan to start self hosting this blog so I have more control over it. I’m going to make it the home base of all my online activities and keep building on the foundation I’ve already created.

Longer range plans include an e-book or two, a children’s book and possibly a bit more focus on my personal art (sculpture and such). Doug is a lazy monkey, but even he’s ready to work again.

I wanted to start something I’d be proud of a year later. Now, I want to create lasting value that goes beyond one year. I want to make a difference with my creations that my children’s children will be proud of. Why not? Nine months ago I couldn’t predict that a stuffed money would have almost 3900 blog followers…

With more focus and more effort, I think Doug and I can really do some good in the world…

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15 comments

  1. Be a light to the world, don’t do it for the money. I think writing children’s book or what ever your cup of tea is. I glad you have had time to do some reflection on your blog and where you are going in your life and for your family. I have missed your inspirations but now I see you were trying to regroup. Thanks for sharing your thoughts…

    1. Thanks! My blog is a big part of my life so I guess it’s natural it will ebb and flow along with me.

  2. Renard Moreau · · Reply

    [ Smiles ] That is one very meaningful quotation!

    1. I think so too 🙂

  3. We live in an asylum without walls.

  4. nicciattfield · · Reply

    Could you imagine a year ago, that a little monkey would have the affection of so many? Creativity is a free process, and I think doubt is a part of it, because it starts to create change, and that’s always a transition. I hope the new stages bring you a lot of joy.

    1. Thank you- Creating is difficult, especially on a regular basis. I love it, but it’s often like turning yourself inside out,,, It’s tiring sometimes.

  5. Good luck Doug. Blogging is tough for a lot of us. Hang in there. 🙂

  6. Good for you! Wish I could have been more help.

  7. *Round of applause*

    We are following your progress the entire way. Rooting, and reading for you (and Doug)

    Stay Well.

    -N.N.

    p.s. Thank you for the quotes and messages that you post. Seriously, they are VERY motivational to read.

    1. Thanks- I’m glad you find some useful bits in what we post…

  8. Your blog is fabulous and comes from the heart, hence why is resonates with so many people. Everything starts from a seed of thought and with love and nurturing it has the opportunity to grow into something magnificent. Continue being honest to yourself and your readers and trust in the process without over thinking it. Great work x

    1. Thanks! I do tend to over-think things. I enjoy the honesty that I share… Sometimes I hesitate and wonder if something should be written, but I do it anyway. People seem to respond to those posts the most.

  9. Loved the quote. Very inspiring. Would keep that in mind always.

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