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

 

Building that one Thing!

 

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In recent months I have watched a proliferation of ads for instant financial break thru for various products or services.  They say that you will gain or find financial freedom if you do this or that or follow this formula etc.  Are they selling you a dream? I don’t know because I believe for some it may work out in the end.  It just seems like a lot of work to me!

My question is how about just building that One Thing?  That one thing that will grow and expand and continue to produce over and over again?

For me it just seems very exhausting to be doing multiple things to get the almighty dollar, when building that one thing requires building blocksyou to do multiple things to bring it to life, to nurture it, for it to come to a place where it can run on its own and keep reproducing.

I write books and I was given children s books to start with, which I thoroughly enjoy doing.  I have found that since I have started this that there are multiple things that need to be done to keep up with the overwhelming tide. Not only do you have to write, illustrate, publish and market these books you also have to continually come up with  new content, meet people, do school visits and the big one, continually put yourself out there.  Now I am feeling the need to  expand my writing into other genres, and don’t get me started on this pull I now feel toward doing more artwork that has nothing to do with books at all.

My question is how do you split your focus to do all of these other things when building that one thing requires all of your attention???

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I don’t know just my thoughts on the matter! Care to share yours?

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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