I am not here to judge or be judged.

We judge things all the time, so giving up judgment is a challenge.

One form of judgment is evaluation. This is where we consider the pros and cons of a situation before making a decision. We’re not talking about giving up that type of judgment. That type is fairly useful in the conduct of daily life.

The form of judgment that gives us trouble is the judgment of others and of self. This is the type of judgment where we are critical and often fall into the trap of condemning. Continue reading “I am not here to judge or be judged.”

Transition time, again.

An opportunity to review and plan.

Use the review to record what worked for you and to identify the things you want to work on. It’s also a good time for deciding what things need to be let go and left behind.

Want to achieve something in 2017? Now’s the time to set some goals and plan how you will achieve them.

One approach to planning I like is Bob Baker’s rule of three system, which stops you from overloading yourself with goals. Here’s how it works.

  1. List the three main goals you want to achieve this year.
  2. Identify three actions you plan to take to achieve each goal.
  3. Translate those planned actions into three daily tasks.

In my world, one of those daily tasks is writing, which is always associated with the actions required to achieve my overall goal of being a successful writer.

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Looking behind the curtain

It's time to take a look behind the curtain.

image by maxime amoudruz | unsplash

If you’ve seen the Wizard of Oz you’ll know about the man behind the curtain.

It’s a great visual reminder that things are not always what they seem on the surface.

Looking behind the curtain is an essential skill for anyone investigating a crime, and creating curtains is a fun game for crime writers.

It’s also an essential life skill if you don’t want to be taken in by appearances.

How often have you judged a book by its cover and been disappointed? And, how often have you judged a book by its cover and missed out on a great read because you failed to look behind the curtain?

You need to look behind the curtain in all aspects of your life, not just when choosing a book to read. Think about all that advertising you’re bombarded with and all that political spin. Think about what you’re being fed as news.

If you never question or examine what you’re told you’ll end up like the citizens of Oz: believing in a fraud.

Peter Mulraney is a creative writer from Australia. He is the author of the Inspector West crime series, the Living Alone series of self-help books for men, Sharing the Journey: Reflections of a Reluctant Mystic, The New Girlfriendand Everyday Project Management.

Are you living your values?

 Engaging eye-to-eye

This morning, I listened to a Conservative Christian State Senator from Utah explain how he had changed his position on the rights of LGBT people. He had moved from disregarding their rights to respecting them.

Interestingly, he said that he hadn’t actually changed his Christian values. He had simply realised that he wasn’t living the values he was espousing, and that allowed him to see the rights of LGBT people differently. Continue reading “Are you living your values?”