Today I am sharing a selection of my book Stepping into the Wilderness as I thought you might be interested in the premise of the book. I’ve written this in a devotional/affirmation form. Hopefully the words offer encouragement or the desire to reflect upon one’s life. “Walking Along the Edge of the Woods provides questions for pondering or for journal writing. “Stepping into the Wilderness” portion gives five prompts/ exercises for enriching the writing experience. This book is basically designed for self-exploration and discovery.
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On Standing Alone
You gain nothing when you risk integrity.
There are times when you will stand alone in your convictions.
People won’t always agree with you, nor will they even understand you.
We each live our own belief systems. Our attitudes and behaviors tell the story.
It’s important to stand up for what you believe in, but know sometimes compromises must be made. When that happens you must make sure your integrity is not diminished for someone else’s gain. Don’t let others take advantage of you. They have no more power over you than you allow.
Be aware of the difference between your beliefs and your opinions. Know the difference between what you believe to be true and reality. It’s much easier to stand on solid ground than shifting sand.
Never assume anything. Don’t make decisions based on ambiguous information. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. The answers might just provide the clarity you need.
Be true to your heart. If you deal from a place of love, it will not lead you astray.
Remain constant. Be the stability you want in life.
Be curious enough to want to know what is going on around you.
Be brave enough to shake things up and see them for what they are.
Be humble enough to admit when you are wrong and wise enough to learn from your mistakes.
Do what’s best for all rather than only yourself.
Keep your promises and always do the right thing, even at a personal cost.
Be responsible and accountable. Be someone others can depend on.
Authenticity is a solid foundation. Be who you are. Live your values.
Be willing to make tough decisions. Take the risk of being unpopular.
Don’t be afraid to be different…what you do might just make THE difference.
If you must stand alone, shine with all your might.
Walking Along the Edge of the Woods:
Do you go with the majority or stand up for what you believe?
Are your opinions based on the beliefs of others?
Do you go back and forth with your opinions or are you steadfast?
When has your curiosity overridden your common sense?
Is it more important for you to feel popular or original?
Stepping into the Wilderness:
Write an essay about standing up in the face of opposition.
Write a scene of a death promise.
Write a short story about a broken promise.
Write a personal narrative/memoir about learning from a mistake.
Write any type of poem about opinions.