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Are You a Poet or Painter?

“I’d love to write a book, if I only had the time.” Have you heard someone say this recently, or maybe even said it yourself? Do you really want to write a book or maybe paint or dance or sing or fulfill any creative longing that’s been sitting on the back burner of your life? And is time really the issue? We all have the same number of hours in a day and most of us make decisions about how to spend them. In my movie The Shift, we see a young mother rediscover her love of painting because she gives herself permission to do so. Instead of continuing to assume that her dream is impossible, she asks for the opportunity, the time, she needs and she gets it. Why don’t we do the things we say we want to do?  In the vast cornucopia of excuses, not enough time or “I’m too busy,” easily tops the list. But how can a person be too busy to make room for what they love? Thoreau is right in saying that we have nobler faculties we need to pay attention to, in addition to all the other details that occupy our lives. If you fear the part of your soul that’s calling you to a higher place, then you’re probably using the “I’m too busy” excuse. There is time to do what you love when you step back and look at your life from a higher perspective. Make sure that fear, doubt, and unexamined beliefs about yourself and your talents are not the real culprits keeping you from your creative endeavor. Rather than telling yourself you are too busy to pursue an activity you love, use the following affirmation: I intend to take time for myself to live the life that I came here to live.        




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Kerrie says:

Thanks for the reminder. I am waiting for the day when I am not too busy to paint.

Sara says:

Hi Wayne. I’m up early this morning because I heard whispers. I didn’t go back to sleep. And I ended up here. Thank you for all your books and PBS specials. It’s been a slow process for me but a steady one. I just reread Being in Balance and I’m feeling very hopeful and full of love right now.
Thank you again,

Penny says:

I love you Dr Dyer, I have so many ideas running through my head now. I’m still not sure sometimes what to keep and what to throw away, but it’s a process I guess.

Karmen says:

This is exactly what I needed to here, right now, in this moment. Thank you.

Kathryn - Collage Diva says:

This summer I read your book, “Excuses Begone” and I realized one day that we always have time. We have lots of time, it is a matter of how we want to use the time we are given. I’ve spent too much time getting in my own way. Now is the time for doing and not for making excuses! I can’t wait to see and hear you in-person in Boston!

Kevin says:

Thank you Wayne for saving my sanity. I was lost and confused and I read your works and I listen to your podcasts everyday. You are a huge part of my daily routine and my life is making so much sense to me now. I am still a constant ‘work in progress’, but I try everyday to remember your teachings and I am happy in my soul.
Thank you.

Donna says:

I have noticed since practicing the “Excuses Begone,” program that I have been putting things on the back burner. But, my excuse is not the time, it called lazy mind LOL. With so many ideas running through my mind. Now its time for excuses begone! I say that now to my family like a wizard casting a spell LOL. EXCUSES BEGONE!

Patricia says:

I love you Wayne and I want to thank you for sharing your wisdom. I have a board I write affirmations and I’m going to add this one for my daily affirmation to myself. I would love to see one of your lectures and hoping you will be coming to Idaho or somewhere close. I think we need more positive energy where i live. HUGS

Nealon Hightower says:

Thank you Wayne. I have decided to book an 8 day book writing retreat to complete my book. I have released over 100lbs applying universal laws and must share with the world so that I may help others in need. Thanks for the prompt…namaste, brother.

John III says:

There is a “never” part to this, you were with me before and you will be with me after, you have always been with me & I with you. I love you, thank you for this weekend!
Our paths cross every day, even as we are on opposite sides of the world.
John McGuane III

Bern ~ Walking in Stillness says:

When we finally accept and embrace the gifts we are endowed with, and the Present of Presence, it becomes a Moment where one finds and redistributes Love into this World we all share.

Penny says:

Thank you, Dr. Dyer. One question I have is where to start? Can a person move forward before identifying whether or not there is a meme or even several memes holding them back? (your last blog) How do we slow ourselves down enough in order to identify them and be free to help others or explore all the possibilities in front of us?

Caleb says:

First! 🙂 Great advice- whenever someone posts advice like this there’s always a chance that someone who has been on a fence will finally make that big decision. My main excuse to overcome is indecision- there are so many things I think I could love doing!

Chantal says:

“I intend to take time for myself to live the life that I came here to live.” Here’s the affirmation I commit myself not only to repeating over and over again, but to acting on it as well! Thank you so much for sharing! PS: I look forward to seeing you on stage in Tampa, on November 20th!