The Volcano In YOU!

Volcano Enisca L Jones

“She’s just clearing her throat!” Pierce Brosnan, Dante’s Peak

A long while back I was given a visual of a volcano…the different stages that it goes through before it spews ash and then molten lava. One of those stages is where you can just see the visual signs of smoke emitting from the top/mouth of the volcano.  This smoke tells us that there is activity going on and depending on your perspective this may be terrifying or beautiful! However, it is the beginning of something.

I see writing or any creative project like a volcano.  In the beginning we write our thoughts in journals or we arenisca ljonese just toying with the idea of writing or doing a project and not really sure what we are going to do with it but somehow we have to get this thing done and we are just compelled to get our message across because let’s face it…we all have an opinion and we think someone should hear it or our story is relevant and someone needs to be encouraged by it and let’s not forget our creative works because everybody should see our artwork because its inspiring, beautiful, inspirational… and the list goes on. 

Well when you write whatever is burning to get out it’s like clearing your throat, most especially if it’s your very first time: writing a book, poem, novel, song, doing artwork or some other creative project.  It’s just the beginning of clearing the path that more often than not leads to more books or creative ideas.

But suppose I don’t want to write anymoreor nothing comes from it, you ask?  Welllll,  then you now have accomplished the goal and satisfactorily completed the project. There is great joy in completing a task that in the beginning seemed insurmountable. So, stop being a pessimist, making excuses, procrastinating and justifying and get it done.

The point is to complete it! Stop worrying about what the so called experts say out there. Trust me if you listen you will never get it done.  I don’t mean to saybutterlfy2 eniscaljones that what they are saying doesn’t have merit, what I am saying is that you will get overwhelmed. There are so many rules out there, don’t do this or that or do this or that this way. Lets not talk about the many thoughts that run through our minds: how far will it go, will anyone like it, will they buy it, and the list goes on and on and pretty much won’t shut up.  Its enough to send you crazy!  These thoughts often cause us to freeze or become paralyze and we never move or we beat ourselves up about  wasting time especially when we do complete the project and realize a satisfaction that is euphoric.

Life is filled with beginning moments and I say just write it and get it done. It may not be a best seller, your mother may be the only one who purchases a copy but you will never know until you actually finish it and besides your first draft is not your final product.

If that story or idea is burning in you, I say try it, clear your throat and see where the road leads you. No one ever started out as an expert!!!!

 

CHILLLL! 

Have a fabulous Day!Flower Enisca L Jones

 

Bridging The Gap!

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Writing came upon me rather suddenly and it was completely organic. I was basically minding my own business looking for a job and trying to figure out what the next step was going to be with no money and no job. As an author my intent was not to make great big gobs of money but to simply get a message out there to children and by extension their parents and others who would hear about my stories and want to check them out.  So far it has been slow going but I persevere.

I love writing and then making the stories come alive with simple and colorful drawings.  I love sharing my thoughts and heart with others just so that you can be encouraged. Recently, I was at a trade show for Human Resources Professionals and found myself talking to a recruitment specialists and this phrase popped out of my mouth… BRIDGING THE GAP!  and I paused for a moment and pondered on those words.  Yes, that’s it!

“Building a bridge that would allow me to continue funding and pushing this vision”

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Have you had to do this?  Have you started a project, developed an interest in a business and felt like you were on the right path?  Finally having reached your purpose but its not paying as you know it should?  So now you are having to update your resume, seek out job opportunities again just to fund your business or vision? This is where I am at right now trying to bridge the gap in order to continue building, growing and funding my vision because the writing has not stopped.  In fact, I have book ideas and concepts written down and my mind keeps going every day with something else that can be done.  

 I write this to encourage you, that if you find yourself in this place…  step back and take a look at the situatioEnisca L Jonesn.  It is okay to incorporate what you have gained in previous experience with what you have learned now and taking the steps, to do what comes next to better take care of you.. there is.no shame in that. The only challenge is staying true to your vision and setting goals that will ensure each step gets accomplished.

I am still working to bridge the gap for myself and have found it to be very frustrating at times because you guessed it… the plan never works out the way you envision it. But with faith and a whole lot of patience it does in the end.

Keep on trucking, keep holding on, all is not lost. You are alive and breathing and everything is possible!!!!

Until next time!  Enisca L Jones

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The Road!

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“Life is a series of roads that is constantly moving us to our next place!” Enisca L. Jones

As I was walking down the hill in beautiful South Andros, Bahamas,  I had time to reflect on Roads.  The straight and narrow road or the wide road that is spoken of in the Bible.  These roads denote the choice of a sinful life or a righteous life. Most prevalent in my thoughts were another set of roads...the road least traveled and the road often traveled.  Same idea but these denote safety and risk. Ultimately, all these roads are taking you somewhere.

The Road Least Traveled

The road least traveled is a road often frowned upon because there is too much uncertainty, very little comfort and absolutely no security. It is often chaotic, confusing, terrifying and can be horrific all at once, a road of the unknown.  Dare I say that we have all traveled this road at some point in our lives.  Whether it is through death, sickness, job changes, family and life decisions, the road least traveled is a road of constant and continual change.

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The road often traveled is not for the adrenalin junkie that needs constant change, excitement and adventure. This road is often boring, lacks challenges, lacks adventure and imagination.  It’s comfortable and safe. It is predictable! It’s a road that most parents want their children on because they want to know that they are safe and secure. It is a very rare thing for a parent to encourage a child to be an individual and follow their hearts.  It’s not unheard of, because I know a few, but they are rare. For some this road is the best road there is!

Did you choose it or did it choose you?. 

What about if you didn’t choose it?  You were quite comfortable, minding your own business and very satisfied with the way things are going.  Then suddenly this thing is thrust upon you, through no fault of your own!  You are blindsided, dazed, confused and in shock!

What you do?

1. Do not Panic

This is always our first reaction.  We panic, we get desperate, we rage, we are terrified.  We believe the situation is hopeless and you will never get out of it or find relief.  We are angry and our emotions are out of whack and all over the place.  We are desperate and frustrated and we begin to move helter skelter trying to figure out what to do, where to go and so on. STOP!

Enisca L Jones Beach south andros ME Enisca L Jones Beach south andros22. Breathe

Take a moment and breathe.  Calm down.  Let your emotions settle.  Then you will begin to think and clarity and solutions will come to you.  I know, I know; how do you expect me to breathe and calm down when my life just imploded?  What else are you going to do?  Run and keep bucking up? Just breathe, just sit and breathe.  Find a place that you like to go to and just sit.  My place is the beach and I can sit for hours and just watch the water and just breathe.  It’s a place I go to often just to calm my nerves (bahamianese) It works and I come away feeling a whole lot better.  Find your place!  It is not the end of the world. You will get through this!

3. Talk to Someone

Find someone to talk to, don’t  keep it bottled up. VENT! Don’t keep it to yourself. Not everyone will be sympathetic.  They will try to figure it out, try to lay blame, that’s ok, don’t take it personal.  Easy to say I know, but I have walked that road in the end its better for you not to.

4. Get Help

This is no time to let pride get in the way. I have walked the road least traveled for a while now and had some really scary moments.  Last year 2014 was one of the most terrifying times of my life. I was homeless and I had to suck it up and go to social services and get help.  In that moment there was no pride and no thought of what others would think.  I needed help and I went out and got it.  Keep asking for help even when they say no.  There is help out there!

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This is the place where you question your upbringing, your beliefs, and your mindset.  A place where you challenge everything that you know, a place where you discard a lot of junk,  a lot of misinformation and a lot of wrong perceptions of yourself .  A place where you find out what you are made of and who your family and friends really are.   This is a place of freedom. Trust me it is!

6. Hold On

Believe it or not it does get better.  After the homeless situation I spent 11 months out of my home country.  I was in Texas and then Canada and I had some awesome experiences.  I am watching things change around me as I continue to press forward. I can tell you it does get better.

7. It’s Okay

Know that it’s okay and you are okay. Know that things will change little by little, one moment at a time.  This is not a sprint and things do take time to turn around.  But they do turn around. Don’t give up!
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8. FORGIVE!

Forgive yourself and those around you who don’t understand the road you are on.  Its not about them. Its about you and where this road is taking you and that is a much much better place!

Whether it chose you or you chose it, the above tips apply.  Even for those who choose the road least traveled there are moments of uncertainty, terror and confusion. Trust me I know. I could tell you stories lol!  The road you are Enisca L Jones  South Androspresently on is leading you some where! Keep the faith and keep travelling

What road are you on?  Do you know?  How are you coping?

Please comment and share of your experiences.  Please add your tips on how you cope.  We are all here to help each other.

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Creating your own World!

What about the light in the Tunnel?

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“Thy word is a Lamp unto my feet and a light unto my pathway” Psalm 119:105 KJV

Every day I walk the same route. I start from the house and then I cross a bridge and continue to take the road ahead of me.  Last week as I was walking I came to the usual bridge and I started up a road that is lined with trees on both sides, it always reminds me of a tunnel.  Up to this point in my walk I can hear and see the sea as I am walking.  When I start down this road its seems as if the sea fades away and the only thing I can hear sometimes is the birds chirping.  Normally, I can”t  wait to get out to the other side so I can hear and see the sea again.

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On this particular morning my mind was turned to thinking about tunnels and how we focus so much on getting through them. Then, I heard a whisper in my heart

” What about the Light in the Tunnel?” and immediately I heard the scripture:

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” Psalm 119:105.

Hmmm! We have been taught to focus on the goal at hand, not to look around because somehow you might get distracted.  You have to get through it and things will get better (that is the prevailing thought).  So we keep our heads down and we keep pressing through.  Society and media have portrayed tunnels as dark terrifying and confusing places that hold only fear and danger, where we are stumbling and fumbling trying to feel our way through. Our one thought, our one focus is the light at the end. That’s it, nothing else!

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But what about the light in the tunnel?  Some would argue that there is no light in a tunnel and before today I would have probably agreed but I was given a new perspective. Suppose the light that is being spoken of is the person that gives you a hand, a smile, a kind word on the days that seem to be the darkest.  It could be something as simple and as profound as a thank you or an I love you.  A plate a food, a comforting word, a roof or just simple companionship. It could be the one abiding truth that God is with you and you are not alone!

I heard someone say the other day about the difference between truth and reality.  The reality is you are in what seems to be a hopeless situation.  The truth.. His word is a lamp unto your feet and a light to your pathway.  Look up and look around, everyday there is a light that is helping you get through your tunnel time. We have all had them!  Take every step with his word and watch him take you right out of that tunnel. Be grateful and acknowledge those lights!

The light in the tunnel will become so bright you wont even know when you are out of it!

 

This is the other side of the tunnel! Isn’t it beautiful!

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While You Are Waiting!

 

So you have a vision, a plan, a dream!  You say I am waiting for the finances, the right conditions or certain things or people to get things going or the most common thing I hear in the church today… I am waiting on God to do something. You are just… waiting. I have heard people say this phrase so much that its annoying.  Now don’t get me wrong I have said it too :-)!

My question to you is this … What are you doing while you are waiting?  If God or circumstances were to change in a nano second,  Are you prepared?  Have you done everything, short of robbing a bank? So that you can fly when things fall into place!

As I look back over the last 3 years of my life,  I have written 9 books and published 5 of them in the past 2 years,  without money, no job and being virtually homeless.  I have gone through every emotion there is, to the point of wanting to just drop it all down a garbage shoot and just walk away, never to look back at it again and go live under a bridge somewhere.  But somehow after all the emotion and the terror subsides I pick it up again and think about what else can be done  while I am waiting and I do that one thing one day at a time.

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So while your are waiting there are a couple of things that may help you take the next step and the next step and so on:

1. Changing perspective

Instead of having a woe is me attitude which I go thorough at times.  Start to think, who will benefit from this.  That is why I published my first children`s book because I was encouraged by a child that read it, who was going through the same experience the character was going through and I thought well maybe there are others who may need this message.

2. Forward only

For every hiccup that comes along determine that you will continue moving forward. Sure, there may be some parts that you have to revamp. Constant improvement and refinement is a must.  But staying the course, that is what is most important.

 Forward ever, backwards never!.  Maurice Bishop

 3.  Shut out the voices

I can honestly say that within a 24 hour period there are many voices that bombard us. From the negative,  to the insane and the inconceivable we are constantly and consistently at war with ourselves.  What I have found works for me is walking, taking things one at a time, and basically telling the voices to shut up!  It works trust me because it used to be worse than it is now. Also reminding myself that yes I can get this done.

4.  Acceptance

Accept yourself as you are. All of your lumps and bumps. You are beautiful, unique, special, yes, all of that!  Embrace all parts of you and know that its okay to do just that.  Know that it is okay to stick a pin right there in that spot and come back to it later.   No,  you can`t do it all in one day and yes it is scary and terrifying but its okay. Life is never boring!

Stop comparing yourself to others and  run the race that is yours to run and don’t try to run at another persons pace.

Accept that you cannot know the outcome. That it won’t turn out the way you think it should.  Once you embrace and surrender those things it will help you get past that feeling of being stuck.  Then you begin to take one step at a time putting one foot in front of the other.

So while you are waiting remember to take one step each day toward your visions, plan, goals etc.  So when the thing that you are waiting on arrives you are prepared to step out.

Prepared , ready and able to fly!eagle

 

 

THE ARCHITECT!

article-new-thumbnail-ehow-images-a01-ur-ll-make-construction-site-safe-800x800The blueprints are drawn, the site has been selected and approved, now, all that he has envisioned is about to be put into place, about to be built.  He goes to the site one more time and considers the empty space.  As he stands and considers the space and the place, he looks at the blue prints laid out before him on the hood of the car. At this point he has his greatest moment of clarity. A vision is given and he sees his building at all stages of development.

He sees the materials: the blocks, the steel beams, the tools, the piping, the air condition ducts, the electrical wiring, the plumbing, the windows, the doors, paint, the furniture, the tiles, the carpeting and all the other things that would go into the construction of the building.  Like a conductor or master puppeteer he begins to create. He sees the raw materials begin to take shape.  He sees the floors get poured, the plumbing pipes laid, the electrical wires run for every room.  He sees the drywall go up, the plaster smoothed on the walls with loving care and pride.  He is patient, because, he knows it must be built with precision and care, with love and it must be built strong.  So it will stand the test of time.  He builds each piece precise, each part perfect, He builds.  7 stories high this building.

It will be his greatest masterpiece yet. Not because of size or technology mind you but because it is unique in design, special, different from any of the others it will stand alone. As he builds he removes useless things, empty spaces, things that are r5413190-462957-building-construction-siteedundant, that are not needed.  He continues to build, to pass inspections and past delays.  He builds, letting nothing stop him or get in his path.  He is relentless in his pursuit of the vision, of the dream, of the plan.  Finally, finally it’s completed. He looks back at what it took to get to this point, the pain, the sacrifice, the stress, to bring this vision to reality.  He smiles because it was worth it all.

Now, he sees the people as they come to occupy, as they move in.  Excited to live and work in this new shiny magnificent building.  For a while as he watches, they take pride in it, they take care of it.  Then the building begins to get old, it isn’t shiny and new anymore, it begins to deteriorate and the people, who were once proud, don’t check anymore.  They take it for granted, kick it, scream at it, treat it terribly and neglect it.  It begins to fall apart, the plumbing fails, the electrical is faulty.  There have been no upgrades, no proper maintenance.  They leave and the building sits there seemingly without hope, without life, with no one to look after it or to care.  But there is a light, there is hope!

He is sad to see something so beautiful go to waste. But he knows that his building is special and unique and different because he is building it with HOPE, FAITH, LOVE for these are the fabrics, the blocks, the cement, the material, the foundation that will withstand the bad treatment, the vagaries of the weather, the neglect, the rejection, the abandonment, all the pain, bitterness, anger, resentment and hurt.  That`s what the light is HOPE, FAITH, LOVE.

As the vision closes and though he is sad to see what happens in the future, he gives the contractor the nod to break ground, yes build it!  He is compelled to build it, because already there is a new vision, a new building to create, to be built and he must keep going.  He must build it, he is compelled to because …… Love DEMANDS It!

So do IT anyway!