I haven’t been in the best spirits the past three weeks. I’ve actually been down and sometimes physically unwell because I was “feeling down.” It’s a combination of delayed hopes and saddening news that caused it. So as you’d guess by the title, I was reminded to apply the things I’ve written in my own book!
The delayed release of my book has made me feel bad, big time. My timetable needs to be adjusted (for the nth) time to make sure I have the edits right. I’ve been wanting to get this book out since early this year, but due to circumstance and my own complacency, it took longer than I expected. I take full responsibility for it though but both annoyed and disheartened on yet another delay.
My other source of unhappiness has been caused by difficulty in pinpointing topics for my next write-ups. Although I’m blessed with what I call the “world’s best work arrangement” with the church movement Every Nation, I still try to file stories for other places and haven’t come up with an article that I actually like.
This combination of delay and lack of published work have been frustrating at best.
My Mom noticed my somber mood one time and right before I left the house for my daily ritual of going to Starbucks to begin my writing day, she told me, “Caleb, you need to speak life to your situation.”
It sounds familiar. Now you know how I was able to write a book on speaking life.
So sometimes, even the author of an upcoming book titled “The Power of Speaking Life” succumbs to that miserable feeling. But, I ain’t staying on the rut. It’s pointless to wallow in it. So after reading my own manuscript, I began to speak life to myself and my situation.
Since I’m a Christian, some of my personal declarations are inspired by verses and I include God in the picture:
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,”
“I have a great purpose and destiny in God.”
“I can do it.”
“I will make it in this life.”
These mumbled words, which I would say have since become vociferous declarations. I include these in my list of statements that I constantly declare on my life and myself. Once again, I’ve learned that by faith and with our words, we can cause our attitude and outlook to turn around because our speech influences us.
I don’t experience anything magical when I speak these things, but I’m more affirmed, aware of what I have, and more confident of what I can do. It does raise my mental awareness on my skills and abilities and also fuels hope.
Although my emotions and mood may not agree sometimes, I persist in speaking life anyway. The words we speak help us focus our mind on to it. If we speak positivity and hope, then we cause our mind and mental posturing to move in the direction of what we say.
My book may have been delayed. I may not have an article idea yet. But I can do it and I will get there.