Writing on Wednesdays: 4 Rules for Work

October 2nd, 2013

Four rules for work: “Be positive. Send love. Have fun. Kick ass.” 

I’ve been listening to Marianne Williamson’s lecture series Manifesting Abundance, and I love it. She’s so funny and wise. You’ve no doubt heard and read her famous quote (frequently misattributed to Nelson Mandela), “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate…” There’s plenty more where that came from, including the above rules, from her book, The Law of Divine Compensation. It’s next on my list.

“Manifesting Abundance” sounds like a Law of Attraction manual, but it’s not, at least not in the sense of attracting material wealth. It’s really about letting go of the ego’s agenda and trusting in your higher purpose–putting your gifts to good use, and letting go of the outcome. Operating from a sense of abundance and trust.

Whether you can get on board with the spiritual angle or not, it’s a healthy psychological principle for anyone whose work (or ambition) is to create. Approaching writing as a service vocation is the best insurance I know against the occupational hazards of rejection, expectations, and  envy, and the sicknesses that spin out of them.

I haven’t read the book yet, so I don’t know exactly what is meant by “miraculous work creation,” but these are great rules to take into anybody’s work day. I’m putting them in my writer’s toolbox. Hope you can use them too.


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