Attention to the Tribe

bok o ljus

This is where it all started

Who would know how coincidences may change our life.

Listening to the inner self without knowing why and for what reason. Responding to a barely audible notion from within.

When you know it is time to take action, for something that benefits yourself.

That is what happened to me that October day year 2012 when I signed up for the Tribe Writers course led by Jeff Goins.

It already started some months before. Words kept turning up in my head that I didn’t know what to do with.

Not in Swedish my native tongue, but in English.

I tried to ignore them, but after a while realised they were constructed as poems.

The words kept knocking at my mental door until I finally understood only pen and paper could relieve me from these recurrences.

This was my first poem, already edited and done in my mind, without further thinking I could write it all down:

The sound of waters
blomma igen
soothes the soul
no need to seek reasons
just enjoy the flow
 
Each day of karma
listen to the plan
a new dawn arises
in holiness of land
 
All together warriors of love
creativity and nourishment
in lighted souls of peace
breathing with awaken glow
 
To write, to feel the words
the joy that leaps inside
of reverence and bliss
a present mind at peace 

 

I am a very slow understander and didn’t think much more about writing for a long time. Except the fact that I was writing my Journal as a lifeline in the recovering stage I was in. And from time to time added some every-day philosophical ideas I meant could be good to share for aiding others.  But I had no idea of how to share. Just a vague idea about maybe writing a book one day.

What made me look up the name Jeff Goins that day? I don’t know.

A note in a writer’s magazine about writing blogs. Did I sense there was a light at the end of the tunnel?

Once again it was the words that illuminated the mind.

The words of Jeff Goins provided relief to what the mind had known but didn’t know how to express.

I still remember the exact moment I read Jeff Goins “The Writer’s Manifesto”. The world stood still.

One specific sentence crossing the path of life and changing it forever:

You are not alone.- Jeff Goins

It turned out to be so true and so important!

I could never have done this journey without the constant support and encouragement from the forever friendly, extremely talented and wise members of the community of Tribe Writers!

When I first started I knew nothing about writing, blogging, social media, congregations, facebook groups……

It all fell in place one thing after the other in the friendly, helpful environment of the Tribe.

So many people I would love to mention. Some will stay in my heart forever. Please feel free to follow the links to their beautiful, sincere blogs:

Katina Vaselopulos , Laura Mccoy , Pamela Fernuik Hodges

Christa Sterken , Shelley DuPont , James Prescott

Kathleen Caron , Kath Unsworth , Chris Morris

Laura Naughton , Renee Baude

Brianna Thompson Wasson , Joyce Glass

Shannon Cochran

And many, many others

I thank you all with all my heart!

 

It scared me at first that most of them were Christian and wrote about their faith. But I soon realised their love for all living included me as well and they accepted me just the way I was.  Our struggles and successes in writing was just the same and even if the subjects of our writing were different our work was similar and our lives are forever connected. As it has turned out their loving faith has been a welcome refuge in a sometimes harsh world and their unselfish prayers for others’ benefits surround me with the feeling of how much good there is in us humans and the Universe.

It is impossible for me to find the exact way to express the enormous impact this Tribe Writer course and the fabulous group has made on me and my life from day one and forever. My friends have stood by me in a year full of difficulties in my personal life, which of course also has affected my writing. Their constant support in all matters is invaluable.

The practical matters the course itself provides are so personal rewarding as I appreciate the value it will bring when I’ll go in for it in depth. The lifetime membership is an awesome gift since this year has been hard for me to completely follow my dream in writing. But there will be a new year coming and I will always continue to work with my writing.

I will end with a poem. Since I during this year have realized poetry is as important to me as the air I am breathing.

This was written hundreds of years ago by an incredible creative, productive, talented man. He turned out to be very famous in his own time and for centuries to come. His name is William Shakespeare.

A friend is one that

knows you as you are,

understands where you have been,

accepts what you have become,

and still, gently allows you

to grow

I wish you a day in love and peace

Lotta

15 thoughts on “Attention to the Tribe

  1. I feel the same about you my friend and you have a gift I especially love your poetic words. Look forward to a new year of learning with you as my writing buddy how could I go wrong?

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  2. Wow, dear Lotta. Grateful for you, your life, and your poems. Do you know God used poetry to wake me early in the morning in 2003 and show me He made me a writer? It’s true! How interesting a similar experience happened to you!

    Bon Voyage with God,

    Shannon Cochran Wife. Mom. Writer. Life-giver. http://www.TodaysLadyVirtue.com

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  3. What a beautiful, sensitive, honest, creative post this is! Lotta you are a poet in heart! You have always been, inspiring me since over a year ago when I first dared asked you to allow me to guest post in your blog. A sense of great honor and responsibity back then to write something worth of your beautiful words has turned into a deep and rewarding friendship. Of course Jeff and his idea was responsible for inspiring me to ask, but only the coincidence which brought us together. You and I have always known each other in another world.

    What an amazing grace you are in my life! Grateful for it every day! Blessings and love my sweet!

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  4. Lotta, what a beautiful tribute to the tribe. It has been such an honor to get to know you through your writing and fellowship in the tribe, you have a dear, lovely soul and you make this world a brighter place. Thank you for your encouragement and uplifting words.

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  5. So beautifully written, Lotta! I am glad that you chose to write your poems and share them with us. You are a beautiful person. :-)

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  6. Lotta, this is a beautiful tribute to our Tribe. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Tribe Writers. I wish you many wonderful blessings and best wishes as you move forward in your writing. And I agree with Anastacia, you are a beautiful person!

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