Today’s engagement practice is to tell us what the title of your book would be if you were publishing the story of your life. In the space of a title, how would you describe the essence of your focus, concerns, talent, or contribution on the planet so far — or even your plans for the future?
How many countless individuals have said at some point, “I want to write a book,” yet never got around to it? I have a theory about writer’s block, however, which is that “writer’s block” is actually Be Normal block. There isn’t a human being on the planet that doesn’t have feelings.
- Everybody has feelings.
- Feelings are full of energy.
- Feelings are of far more interest to others than facts, data, or perhaps even “wisdom.”
Given all that, how could it be that any human being could be stuck for something compelling and authentic to write about? The answer is that we’ve been trained to express ourselves within the bounds of conventional norms. Therefore we fear what will happen if we step outside of that box. We’re unconsciously afraid to express ourselves, to break the rule Be Normal. The result is “writer’s block,” typically assumed to be the lack of something to say when it’s really the lack of permitting oneself to say it.
Today’s practice is very simple — just give the book about your life a title that describes your unique perspective, understanding, experience, feelings, or view of the world. If you had already written the book your heart wants to share, what would the title be?