From a book on prayer– the suggestion to be grateful to the work we are able to do, instead of focusing on what we can’t write. Then our thinking is geared towards the positive, instead of negative.
Also if we can share what we have been able to do with friends allows them to support. If we share only what we can’t do, then we are asking for their commiseration– that sucks the energy from us.
A friend was just asked to create a positive biography, instead of seeing ourselves as only victims. Then I would focus on the great education and friends I had. Brilliant parents. Adventurous college with a sweeping range of friends and wild times. An array of interesting jobs and careers. A collection of poetry, two plays and one novel (incomplete).
This sounds a lot different thate the one that stresses my mother’s alcoholism.
And it emphasizes what I have written, not what I haven’t.
So I think I an going to be thankful for what I have been able to write. It will also mitigate against my tendency to minimize what I have written– another bad habit that sets up writer’s block.