In Part 1, we looked at some reasons for not acting: not entering contests, not sending your work out to editors and agents, not doing whatever next step your mind is telling you is the right one. In Part 2, we continue the exploration of inactivity with a look at another common cause of procrastination: timing.
Timing blocks can be your problem, or they can be divine guidance disguised as your problem. Let’s explore what human timing challenges look like, and then we’ll consider how you can tell when the guidance comes from above.
I Can’t Find the Time
Have you ever felt or said, “I really want to do that, I just can’t find the time?” Writers speak of finding, making, taking, and stealing time, as if time were the enemy of their life purpose. But time is not an entity to be fought and conquered, time is a mirror. It reflects back to us exactly where we are and how we are doing. If we are struggling with feeling worthy of our own best time, if we hear voices inside our heads telling us what we should be doing instead of writing, if we have a titch of the martyr about us and place everyone else’s needs first, then time to write will be scarce.
I Am Worthy Of My Own Best Time
If, on the other hand, we honor the creativity impulse as significant and healing, if we realize that what we are called to do is essential for both our wellbeing and that of the planet, then time acts totally differently. A day that begins in peace, in allowing the words to come, in surrendering to the ecstasy of rightness that is art—such a day becomes magical in its serenity and flow.
However, both those examples are still about human timing. There is another level of time, and that’s when a force steps in and supports you by not giving you want you want when you ask for it. Tomorrow-Divine Timing, or The Time is Not Now.