My response to Tara's comment started as a comment, but I think deserves its own post because it taps on the important subject of what feeds our spirit. Here we go! Tara, what what you wrote has been on my mind all week long, especially this part:
But lately, I've started to wonder whether or not all of these books, tapes and blogs are too much. Perhaps rather than inspiring me to be my authentic self, they are starting to consume me and contribute to my procrastination as a writer.
YES! YES! YES! This is exactly why I stopped reading certain blogs, why I limit surftime and news sites. All too often I find myself not just distracted but consumed (that is the perfect word!) by others' suggestions, talent, stories, artwork, creativity, etc.
For me, reading certain blogs does NOT generate productivity, inspiration or truthfully anything positive. Envy, yes. Escape, yes. Self-doubt, yes. Procrastination, hell yes!
As a writer, envy and procrastination are the kiss of death to my work. Discipline is not my natural strong suit, but with every blog, book, person or activity I come across, I ask myself one question:
"Does this feed my spirit, or diminish it?"
My answer is one of two words:
There's no need to analyze why, only the need to take action on my answer. Feed I continue. Diminish I stop. My answer may change over time--even day to day--and that's OK too.
Thank you, Tara, you really fed my spirit!