I haven’t been writing a whole lot this month. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out the source of my latest bout with writer’s block. But then, out of the blue, I learned about the Cicero’s six (6) mistakes poeple make and I figured out what’s been limiting my capability to write.
In reading about Cicero’s six (6) mistakes (listed below):
- Believing that one person can profit by crushung another
- Worrying about things they can’t change
- Insisting that something is impossible simply because they themselves can’t do it; because they themselves can’t conceive how such a thing can be accomplished
- Holding fast to trivial pride, preference, and prejudice
- Not continuing to learn and hone their minds, particularly by not reading and studying
- Consistently and insistintly attempting to compel others to believe and live as they themselves do
I realized that I’ve been discouraged in sensing that people do tend to make these mistakes; plus, I saw that perhaps I’ve been making mistakes 2., 5., and 6. I do tend to worry about things I can’t change, I have been remiss about honing my mind, and I certainly have tried to compel others to believe that abusing substances is an unhealthy thing to do. Not only have I made these mistakes, but I’ve allowed people’s tendency towards inertia to interfere with my own work and mission.
I recognize these mistakes, every day, and I find it disappointing that people will not learn more such that they can eliminate various sources of suffering from their lives. But, in spite of my disappointment, I realize that I can’t stop writing any more than I can stop breathing. As an educator, it is my duty to provide information such that people who want to learn can do so. I can’t say for certain that this bout of writer’s block is behind me, but I can say that I’m not going to make mistake five anymore.