Eat the Olive & Spit Out the Pit

My word for the year in 2019 is LEARN.  I’ve had a “word of the year” for several 365s now, but I’ll admit come December I usually can’t remember my word.  That is not how it’s supposed to go! The idea is that you intentionally live out that word, meditation on it and filter decision based on it. I figured if I had my word in a place I’d see it each day I’d be more likely to apply my intentions.  I wrote LEARN in a notebook I check every morning. It’s only March, but I feel like it’s working! Check back with me in December.

I gather a lot of information throughout the day.  While I workout I listen to podcasts, while I work on flip house projects I listen to sermons , and while I drive my mommy-taxi-service I consume Audible books.  I guess you could say I’m learning. While I don’t always agree with 100% of everything I hear, I do attempt to gather useful information and apply it to my personal development.  

I’m currently listening to Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.  Just the title alone would typically keep me from this read. It sounds kind of mystical & of no interest to me.  In fact, growing up in the conservative Christian environment that I did, even the term magic was a little iffy and something to shy away from. However, the book kept being recommended and I had to see what all the fuss was about.

Not too far into the book author, Elizabeth Gilbert, references that creative ideas are floating around looking for somewhere to land and if we don’t act on them they will find someone else who’s willing to put them to use.  Do I agree with that. Nah, I really don’t. However, I do believe that we are all given talents and abilities to develop and if we don’t use them they will be lost. For example, two people have the knack for playing the violin, one procrastinates & one develops that skill. Do I think that’s possible? Absolutely. Not exactly what Elizabeth was saying, but a verity to apply, nonetheless.

I’m so glad when I got to the first thing in the book I didn’t agree with I didn’t quit reading.  Soon after that, so much of what she was saying I could appreciate and apply to my life.

My friend, Christy, has a saying that bares repeating. I’m sure she heard it from someone, who heard it from someone, who… you get the idea.

“Eat the Meat & Spit out the Bones” or for my Vegan friends,“Eat the Olive, Spit out the Pit”  In other words, consume what is helpful and disregard the rest. 

I started this blog in an effort to expand and improve my writing skills. Sometimes I lose sight of my “why”.  It feels easy to do with an audience of about 5 and I’m quite certain the handful of subscribers are all related to me.  However, Elizabeth references writing for one’s self, not to save or relieve someone. What I share may end up helping someone, but it can’t be my motivation. I felt a huge sense of relief when I heard that. It helped my perspective and refreshed my blog-writing-why.

I guess this is a simply reminder to myself to not judge a book by it’s cover. Truth, learning and growth  can come from unexpected places. I just have to be willing to keep searching even if at first I bump into something of which I don’t agree.


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