All my life I have wanted to “keep the peace” and not “rock the boat.” In the beginning of my writing journey, it took a lot for me to confront people, topics, and certain issues through my writing. Confronting people is still not my goal for writing; however, I know that my writing may cause me to confront people and issues at some point in time.
The truth is I can’t be true to myself, or the people who take the time to read what I write, when I am not true to sharing the truth that burns within my soul.
But the reality is that being confrontational in my writing is such a road block for me. Sometimes, I can’t think of anything to write because I am just so stuck on the issue that is plaguing my heart. As a result, this is a problem that I need to overcome in order to move forward with my writing.
I think we all have road blocks in our personal life, and within our personality, that causes us to experience a road block in writing. In order to overcome this road block, I believe we need to just be honest with ourselves that it is in fact a road block.
For me, I’ve had to come to the conclusion that I am not being true to myself or my writing simply because I want to “keep the peace.” Confronting this issue within my heart on a regular basis has helped me to realize that:
- I have been held back by the fear that what I say, write, and believe in will cause others to reject me in some way. But the truth is, we can’t hide who we truly are, it usually is revealed at some point in time. People have a good way of figuring other people out and they know when someone is not being true to themselves.
- I don’t want to live a life that is designed to please those around me if it means that I am never true to myself or the calling I feel God has placed on my life. I have learned an important lesson that confrontation does not result in THE END, whether it be the end of my writing career or the end of a relationship. The only way I learned this is by taking the risk to be true to myself, and my writing, and being willing to confront certain relationships and issues within my own life.
Over the years there have been many sacrifices, and compromises, in my life and in my writing that I have tried to learn from. It could lead to regret, but I truly believe that regret gets us nowhere in life. I have also learned different ways to channel what God has impressed upon my heart into my writing, whether it be online or in my journal.
What road blocks do you face in your writing? Do you feel like this is a road block in your personal life, too? Share your thoughts and your story in the comments below!
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