Mind The Gap

Mind the gap

These past few days my creative juices stop flowing. Frustration would grip every writer when this thing happens. I am. Thankfully, images are great life-savers.

I am not under the spell of writer’s block. My mind is just too stressed to receive or share fresh insights. Others call this overwhelm. It really is. I tackle too many things this time: completing office stuff before the year ends, home-decorating ideas for Christmas, prepping for the company’s Christmas party presentation and taking the necessary steps for a full-blown online writing career.

Yes, I am into bringing my life’s passion to the next level. I want to roll into one my passion and work. Perhaps I would be less stressed by then since there is not much effort on my part. This is the new  recipe I am cooking for my life when the new year starts. With much hope that I could create a perfect dish.

This leads me to focus on the gaps in between. This is the gap that Ben Huberman talks about in this week’s Discover Challenge. This gap is the missing link in the journey from here to there. Here is where the initiative, perseverance, persistence, strategies, actions and the like come into the picture. And here is where I am at this point. I guess, most of us are.

On the other side of the coin are the challenges inherent to every success journey. This is very much anticipated. While it would be my desire to weather every storm along the way, there may be some instances where I spread myself too thinly. I could just prepare myself for these things.

I greatly believe: When God leads us to an unknown path, He would never ever leave us. This is what I keep holding on to. Come what may, God is with me.

May you already found the gap that leads you from here to there.

purposivewriter - nezel yurong

Mind the Gap

Anticipate

Just Follow Your Dream

purposive writer - follow your dream

As a child, we all have dreams. If we ask a first grader what is his/her dreams, he/she would answer, “I want to be an engineer,” “I want to be a millionaire.” All of these kids have dreams.

I remember way back in my secondary years, our teacher asked me to write a ten-year prophecy for each of us in the class. We each has to give who would we become ten years from that time. I was to read that ten-year prophecy on our Junior-Seniors prom night. My dream then was to become a missionary in Vanuatu. Have I achieved that dream? No. My classmates too did not become what they dreamed themselves to be.

Why do dreams fail? Because of lots of reasons. First, the dream may not be what the person heartily wants. It might just be what his parents suggest of him to become.  Second, financial constraint. Other parents are unable to send their kids to school. Or, perhaps the child would only take up a course even if that is not what he wants because that is the only course his parents are capable of paying. Third, the dream may not be supported by parents.

That last reason was what happened to me.  My dream of becoming a missionary failed because my mother did not support me. There was no blessing from her. At eighteen years old I stopped from my studies and entered in the convent, hoping someday I would be a fulfilled missionary. My father blessed me. My mother did not. I also had close relatives of a different religious affiliation, one was pastor, who prayed that I would go out of the convent because they had a different opinion of the path that I chose to take. When faced with trials and difficulties inside, I felt so lost. The only way I found was the way out. I went out eventually. I finished my business course, found a job, got married and now is still wandering for the right path to take. Absurd, yes. Life begins at forty, so I believe.

Now, my dream is to become an inspirational author someday. I hope to inspire. Yet, I also have doubts about my capacity because I am still a struggling infant in life’s superhighway. Perhaps I could share not what roads to take; rather what roads not to take. I have more failures than successes; more doubts and more questions left unanswered. But, I do have faith that someday, somehow, I would wake up one day right on the place where I want to be.  My life would be full of detours and uphills, but my God sees the direction clearly. His rod and His staff never let go of me. So I would never be lost. I am where I am because He is taking me here, there, everywhere He thinks might help me in my journey.

So never give up on your dreams. Follow them. Work on them. God puts that dream inside your heart. He will lead you through to its fulfillment.

Have a purposeful day!

~Nezel

(WP Daily Prompt: Dream)