Here’s a treat for you….another Passion Fruit Writing exercise. (If you’re new to Mixonian, we did 3 weeks of writing exercises back in February, at the old blog.)
Here’s what happened. I was looking through my last journal for some very important something I had written down. I journal religiously and keep all my journals. I use these composition books I get at Wal-Mart or Office Depot, which I decorate with my crafty friend, Sally. Each one lasts 3 months for me and I write the beginning and ending date on the outside. I also paste in pretty pictures from magazines, so these journals are a constant, well at least consistent, source of delight for me.
I was reading some entries from February and I could see how much fun we had with that experiment. so I thought to bring back another Passion Fruit Writing exercise today. These writing exercises are designed to help you get clear on what you really want and value in life. The thing is….you have to participate for it to work!
There are many reasons we lose touch with our authentic selves. These reasons include things like other people’s agendas, busy-ness and our own confusion. Sometimes we feel conflicted between what we want, and what we think we should want. Today’s exercise is precisely about our own internal paradoxes.
Passion Fruit Writing Exercise:
Write down at least 2 paradoxes about yourself. By "paradox," I mean seemingly conflicting desires or intentions. Actually facing them helps you to transcend them and find a peaceful resolution.
To get you going, I’ll write 2 of my many many own inner paradoxes. Then you can share yours, it’s only fair, right?
Paradox # 1. I strongly dislike house cleaning. I cannot stand a dirty house.
Resolution: Hire help with the house. Don’t get caught up on how you should like cleaning house, or that household help is too hard to find. Nevermind that I actually clean much better than anyone else does.
Paradox #2. I highly value controlling my own time and want lots of free time. My life style is not cheap and I’m on my own financially. (This is a variation of the champagne taste and beer budget paradox you may share.)
Resolution: Start a business or two. Control expenses so they don’t stress me while my businesses grow. I reinvest profits for future growth.
Now these resolutions are oversimplified, in a way. Resolving and moving forward takes place through many small steps. The trick to transform these paradoxes is to recognize them, decide on a resolution, and move forward. That’s when what seems to be magic starts happening in your life.
So what are your paradoxes? How do you resolve them? You can share in the comment box below, we’re all in this together!