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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Creative Tangent

I'll be posting more about patience soon. Consider the wait to be an exercise in flexing your patience "muscles."

My day is already shaping up to be a busy one! I have a lot of final details to finish on my book this morning. During the next couple of weeks, I'll work with the design team to finalize the book's cover (it's looking amazing so far!), polish up the interior design, and write my biography and back-cover summary. It's taking shape beautifully and I'll share the cover design as soon as we finalize it.

The other big event for today is this: I'll be spending the afternoon speaking about creativity to the Broomfield Art Guild. Creativity is one of my favorite things to talk about, but it's taken on a new dimension since my near-death experience (NDE).

"Crow Medicine" - one of my left-handed paintings (c) N. Rynes

Being creative has always been very important in my life. Even when I was working more directly in the sciences, having a creative, curious mind made it easier to learn new things, gain new insights, or make connections that I didn't see at first. Curiosity and creativity are linked, in my opinion. We live in a creative, curious mind-space as children but most of us learn to shut it down as we grow older. During my NDE, I learned firsthand that each one of us still has an inner, unique spark of creativity that is Spirit-given. It doesn't go away when we become adults, although for many reasons we may choose to hide it.

"The Old Ones" - this painting combines my left- and right-handed techniques (c) N. Rynes

Allowing my own inner creative light to really shine is important to me because I feel it's my "Thank you" back to God for that gift I was given. My creative spark is different from yours, and your creative spark manifests differently from everyone else's, but that's OK. That's how Spirit intended it. We're each unique, and we're encouraged to fully explore and celebrate our own uniqueness.

I also feel blessed when I'm able to help others fully access and develop their own creativity. So many people are afraid of it, afraid of being different, and scared to stand apart from the crowd. But that's what Spirit wants for us: to love, to be ourselves fully, and live our lives with gratitude for the unique set of gifts we've been given. All of them :-)

"Free Spirits" - mostly a right-handed painting (c) N. Rynes

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Video introduction to "Awakenings from the Light"

I've been busy getting ready for the release of "Awakenings from the Light." Here's a little snippet, introducing the book, recorded by my friend Ken Elliott:

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Patience in Action

In my post, "Practicing Patience," I wrote about some of the things I do to curb feelings of impatience. Here's an example of how practicing patience recently helped save me from looking like a dufus to my book designers.

This happened while finishing up my manuscript for my book, "Awakenings from the Light." A couple of weeks ago, I submitted my manuscript to the design team so that they could begin their cover and interior design work. I used their website's file uploader to send them my manuscript. A few days later they let me know that I had done something odd with the file, which means that I needed to fix and resubmit it.

It took me a couple of days to make the fix and resubmit the file, again on their website. Then I waited. And waited. And waited some more. The design team is usually pretty prompt, getting back to me within a couple of days. Five days later I still hadn't heard from them.

By now I'm pretty impatient. What's going on?

I should have heard from them already.

I thought that maybe they're super-busy, so I instituted my "wait 24 hours" policy before trying to contact them. Another day passed and I still didn't hear anything, so I made a plan. I decided to check the website that I used to upload the manuscript to see if they left me a message there. If I didn't see anything, I'd call them and politely ask for status.

Once on the website, I started poking around, looking for the messages screen, and realized I was the one who screwed up. Ugh! I felt pretty sheepish and was VERY glad I didn't make a phone call. It turns out that when I thought I was uploading my fixed-up file, I never actually clicked the "Submit Manuscript" button. Which means the design team never actually received the new file. Oops.

I realized that sometimes it pays to wait 24 hours, calm down, and try to approach the situation with a clearer head....and more patience!

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