A few years ago, I wrote a little book called Simple Acts of Moving Forward: 60 Suggestions for Getting Unstuck. At the time, I wrote the book to get unstuck because my fiction writing had stalled, and I needed to keep up some sort of writing. I didn’t expect it to become a published book, but it was a great exercise for me in terms of freeing my thought patterns and brainstorming in a way that was helpful at the time.
One aspect of the book that gave me new energy was the emergence of several categories, all pertinent to moving forward. Here they are:
- Acts of Creativity
- Acts of Daring
- Acts of Generosity
- Acts of Healing
- Acts of Integrity
- Acts of Joy
Moving forward takes many forms and emphases. Do you need to be a bit creative and look at things in a fresh way or go about daily life with a new view? Are you stuck because you are more fearful than daring, and might it help to step out of your comfort zone? Do you have trouble moving forward because you have forgotten that life must be lived not just inward to personal concerns, but also outward toward others? Have you become bogged down because there are wounds that need tending before anything else can happen? Is it time to become more honest about your life and free yourself from denial or outright lies about how things are? And have you forgotten that joy is sometimes a choice, a posture a person takes toward self and circumstances and other people?
Why not take just one category and reflect on it today or for a few days. Allow your thoughts to roam, and don’t forget to listen to your heart.