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      Out Of Practice

      It feels like it’s been awhile.

      I just haven’t found my rhythm.

      I’m busier than a one-armed paper hanger, but I wonder if I’m just using that as an excuse.

      I don’t want to just add to the noise, but I have a voice too. And I believe I have something to say.

      Am I afraid?

      Afraid I’ll be misunderstood?

      Afraid I’ll make a fool of myself?

      Afraid I won’t get it right?

      Afraid I’ll be mistaken for someone I’m not (or someone I don’t want to be)?

      Afraid I’ll be discovered a phony?

      I’m not sure exactly.

      Writing can be a scary thing. You put your thoughts out there for anyone (or everyone) to see.

      To find your rhythm, you have to actually write.

      You can’t wait for a big burst of inspiration. You just have to write.

      The inspiration will come once you get going.

      These are things I need to be telling myself.

      I love writing. I love sharing my thoughts. I love the opportunity I have to inspire and encourage others through the written lessons I’ve learned as a result of taking the reflections in my head to paper (or screen).

      I might be out of practice right now, but I can change that today. Today is a new day. If I want to be more disciplined and consistent in my writing, I have to start sometime (why not today?)!

      Are you out of practice? What do you need to start (or restart) doing today? What’s holding you back? Share your thoughts in the comments below.