Magpie Speak: The Care and Keeping of Gremlins
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The Care and Keeping of Gremlins
Gremlins. Oh they are so naughty! They climb up on your shoulder and whisper distractions into your ear. They do something funny to your eyes so that your reflection in the mirror looks wonky. They tell you to watch TV when you’re ready to start writing. Sometimes they just kick you in the shins.
Banshees, Lizards, Gremlins– we all have them. These are the voices that distract, destroy, and unbalance us. Learning how to manage Gremlins is good soulcare. (Let ‘em run amok and they can really bruise you up.)
Here’s the thing about Gremlins. Sometimes they are trying to be helpful. The problem is that they help you the way a 3-year-old “helps” you with the baking. You need someone to wash out the mixing bowl. They are busy coating the kitchen in flour and dropping the eggs on the floor.
Don’t worry, you can manage the crazy. Here are some basic steps for the care and keeping of gremlins:
1. Notice: Just observe what the Gremlins are up to without making judgments or setting up a plan.
2. Ask: Gremlins love an audience. Ask them what they are trying to protect you from, or why they are trying to help. (They might write you a little song about it. Or maybe stage a play.)
3. Distract: Give your Gremlins something else to do — hand them a fancy feather duster and point them towards the bookshelves. Pour them a pitcher of martinis and a plump up their comfy armchair. Get Nanny to take them to the park. Then quick! While they are not looking get to work. Once you are in The Flow the Gremlins quiet down.
Got really busy Gremlins? Me to! I’ve collected these handy Gremlin tips. And for the go-to source-book on Gremlin management, check out Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way by Gremlin-wrangler Rick Carson.
What about you? You probably have tricks up your sleeve. Do tell! Not sure what your battle plan should be? Here’s a two-step plan for Gremlin Domination. 1)What’s worked in the past to quite your doubts? 2) What experiment are you going to try next?