An author, 22 months in waiting

Two days ago, I met a charming, joyful, youthful man in his mid-fifties at the Kochi airport. His fair-skinned face was made brighter with his clean-shaven, moustache-removed face. I have much respect and love for this person, partly because he is a farmer sowing seeds of love and harmony into the lives of disturbed families across the breadth & depth of Kerala, partly because there is much serenity and peace in his warm personality.

He and I got to discussing life and the joy of living. It was then that I discovered that he was working on a book, wanting to get it published. On asking further, I was told that he was not able to write daily. His crutch was his mood. So he would write when his mood was good. He had enough and more to write about, but due to one reason or another he did not have the right mood (mental frame work) to write. He mentioned that it was 22 months since he started the project, and it seemed that he still had a long way to go.

At this I shared the golden keys to be a consistently successful writer viz.

  1. Discipline is the key to harness creativity, including writing which is a creative pursuit. Writing should not be left at the mercy of one’s mood. Thus once you decide to write 250 words or 1,000 words daily, just do it.
  2. Writing is to be separated from editing. Write when you decide to do it. Edit it in a separate time slot.

I should give credit for the first tip to the blogger I follow much, Jeff Goins @ I recall, the importance of daily discipline in writing was shared first by my Dad. I recall, my Dad mention to me how Somerset Maugham would write for 4 hours daily.

There was a twinkle in his eyes of the soon-to-be author. He explained, “Yes, I will do it as a routine.” The joy in perceiving the reduced time frame for publishing the first book was refreshing to our hearts. We bid adieu.

​Speaking at every opportunity

Yesterday, after getting back from a 4-day trip to Kochi, Joseph, my first-born delighted me. He mentioned that he made a speech in his new school. As part of the class leader selection process, public speaking was required.

He guessed that he stood little chance of winning the selection process as 90% of the students in his class were old students. Nonetheless, as he had something meaningful to speak, he decided to stand up and speak.

I commended him & gave him a hug. Told him that he had gladdened my heart. Told him three important points, viz.

  1. Use the first opportunity to speak. Never be hesitant, especially if you meet the 2nd requirement.
  2. Have something meaningful and useful to speak about. A creative mind can always find a useful observation to make.
  3. The first few occasions, you may hesitate under the cover of not having anything useful to say. Ignore these self talks, unless you persevere you will never have anything to say. Being intentional is a necessary.

Popular stand-up comedian, Jerry Seinfeld had made a great thought provoking joke. “I read a thing that actually says that speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person. I found that amazing – number two was death! That means to the average person if you have to be at a funeral, you would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

Why is public speaking important?

  1. Multiplier effect
    In a conversation you generally speak to one person or may be two or three. But in a public speaking at one time, you generally speak to 50 or more people. Thus you have at least 50 times more exposure and self-confidence.
  1. Get respect  
    Often people are hesitant to make a public speech. But when people take the plunge, they are perceived to be bold & have leadership skills.
  2. Get ahead of competition 
    When you tread to go step into territory others are hesitant to step into, you make a visible impact. You get ahead of the pack, when you make a public speech.
  3. Gain trust
    When you deliver a genuine message effectively, you get to leverage the trust of the audience.

As a sign of further endorsement, I called up my Dad & shared this news. He is a seasoned public speaker. He has systematically baptised many into practising the art of public speaking. Later, when my Dad congratulated Joseph, he would have been further encouraged.

Morning with Jesus…Quiet time with the Lord

Quiet time - morning with Jesus

Go spend time every morning with Him.

It’s a new day & a new month. I very much desire that as an individual as well as a family (my darling wife, my first-born Joseph & my second one David) all walk with greater conscience, that is, You are our desire…

Here are a few praise and worship songs I drenched myself in today. I sang along with the YouTube versions of these songs. (Click them, if you want to hear them)

I will worship with all of my heart..I will praise you with all of my strength
I am coming back to the heart of worship, its all about you
All I need is You
Here I am to Worship, Here I am to bow down

For my day’s reading, I visited

For my declarations, I chose a few selected verses from the last week, the good aspect of this was that, unlike many other scripture verses, I did not have to modify it to personalise it. It was personalised in the first person, by default.

A Psalm of David - Psalm 101
1 I will sing of mercy and justice;
To You, O Lord, I will sing praises.
2 I will behave wisely in a perfect way.
Oh, when will You come to me?
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.
3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes;
I hate the work of those who fall away;
It shall not cling to me.
4 A perverse heart shall depart from me;
I will not know wickedness.
5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbour,
Him I will destroy;
The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart,
Him I will not endure.
6 My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land,
That they may dwell with me;
He who walks in a perfect way,
He shall serve me.
7 He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house;
He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence.
8 Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land,
That I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord.

Psalm 119
97 Oh, how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
98 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;
For they are ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the ancients,
Because I keep Your precepts.
101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
102 I have not departed from Your judgments,
For You Yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.