Blogs by Barbara J Henry
Coming Full Circle in Personal Growth and Development
6/7/2012 4:07:22 PM
It takes quite a while to learn important life lessons, but there comes a time when you know that you have learned the lessons and learned them well.
My second book, "Coming Full Circle,Poems, Prayers and Quotes, promoting hope, faith,and personal growth", is finally finished, launched, and uploaded to this and many other sites! Its completion took considerably longer than I expected because it was supposed to have been finished in April 2011,not January,or March (depending upon where you look)of 2012.
The delay in getting it out taught me some valuable lessons that I will always remember,and it increased my creativity while doing so.
Every poem in the book is an original work resulting from some aspect of my life,and many times,I did not think I would ever complete the book, although it is much smaller (100 pages)than my first book(162 pages).
During the very slow times that I did not have the inspiration to work, I found myself cheering me on by writing a poem that either described my challenging situation or one that caused me to take action.
The poems, 'NOW' and 'A MATTER of TRUST', propelled me out of my malaise and made me realize that it takes quite a while to learn important life lessons, but there comes a time when you know that you have learned the lessons and learned them well.
'Now' taught me to get things done as soon as possible,and it keeps me aware of how quickly I can slip back into being unproductive. Now, when I find myself procrastinating, I go to the book(it is kept on the table beside my bed) and read 'Now' aloud,and this is usually enough to get me moving. The same is true with 'A Matter of Trust'; my faith in God and in the abilities He has given me are re-energized each time I read this one because I believe what it says,and it came to me at a time when I needed to be inspired.
'From Here', my favorite poem, gives me hope,because it lets me know I have made tremendous progress,and as I continue, I will get closer and closer to my goals which are not so hard to see and imagine from where I am now because of the work I have already done.
I believe the poems can help you,like they help me, because they inspire,encourage and demand us to take action.
Working on this book taught me to be my best advocate and to push forward no matter how difficult a situation.
As a result, I am much more upbeat, optimistic and confident.I know all things are possible,and with this certainty, I move forward.
What about you? Are there areas or pockets in your life that need to be stirred? Have you come full circle in growth in a specific area? If so, you know exactly how I feel,and to you I say keep growing,shining,and coming full circle in your life, your hopes and your dreams!
For those of you who don't quite know what to do, read the action steps that follow in What to Do Next,and do what they say; by doing so,you just might find your unique calling.
What to Do Next?
* Answer the questions found in the above text as honestly as possible;
* Determine what actions you need to take to begin moving forward on an abandoned or new project;
* Pray for direction and insight,and move quickly on the actions that are revealed to you;
* Find someone who is interested in your success to help hold you accountable;
* Grow and Shine!
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