“Want to make God laugh? Tell her your plans”--anonymous
Let’s talk about arbitrary deadlines. We’ve all made them.
A first-time writer I know gave herself a year to complete a novel. But health problems kept interfering. As the year came to an end, she sank into depression. “I feel like a failure,” she kept saying.
Don’t get me wrong. Deadlines are a useful tool to keep us on track.
The trouble comes when we don’t meet them. Rather than rethink the timing, we cling to our commitment or brutally reproach ourselves for screwing up.
(Warning: Self-flagellation does not further the creative process.)
I once read something from Abraham Hicks I’ll never forget: “Life is supposed to be fun. If you are doing it for any other reason, then you are not connecting to your Source Energy.”
Instead of freaking out when arbitrary deadlines go unmet, ask yourself: Would I rather live with the tranquility of trusting a Higher Source or tolerate the stress of self-imposed pressure?
It may be time to step back rather than doggedly pursuing a rigid decision.