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Life-changing reminder to tattoo upon your body

“I don’t have issues. I have subscriptions.”—Greg Tamblyn 


I’ve noticed an odd tendency among readers of my books. Some of them make the disturbing assumption that I have my s*%t 100 percent together.

While that’s certainly a beautiful notion and, in Truth, we are all perfect, beautiful, loving agents for God, I sometimes forget.

So here’s the tattoo-worthy reminder:

Successful people feel fear and doubt and have bad ideas.

It’s vital to remember this. Because when we feel fear or doubt or have a bad idea, we too often decide there’s something wrong with us and that we’ll never write that book or find that relationship or do the thing that our heart is bugling out for us to do.

I gain the strength to follow my heart’s bidding by hanging out regularly with what I now call my possibility posses (nee: power posses). As songwriter Greg Tamblyn reminded us yesterday, everybody needs to find a group of abnormal people to commune with.

We’re abnormal in that we tell stories that defy what society tells us in normal. We tell stories about miracles and possibilities. We witness to the fact that when we get on the right frequency, the bigger thing has plenty of room to work with us, to guide us, to bless us. And when one of us is having an “issue” or even a “subscription,” the others of us can gently point out that: “yep, that’s one story. But there are a gazillion others.”

All of us are all full of stories. Why not be abnormal and choose the ones that instill peace and joy and light?

Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the about to be released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy

35 Responses

  1. Love this, Pam. As a novelist, I think in stories. And isn’t it wonderful that there are always many sides to them? And yep, we can always choose the one that gets us closer to our goals 🙂
    Thanks for this!

    1. It’s so great being a storyteller, isn’t it? We know that reality is up for grabs and there are lots of “endings” and “plots” in any story.

  2. Brilliant. The tattoo worthy reminder. Genius! Thank you. Love the typos – were they deliberate? Love your writing. Feeling inspired :0)

  3. Pam, As always – love your insight. I think your humanness is what makes us (your virtual posse) gravitate to you and your writing. It’s effortless, inspiring and wrapped up with a wonderful dose of humor. Thanks for the reminder to find our own posse of misfits to keep us inspired and motivated. Blessings to you for a wonderful April week.

  4. Pam, thank you for this post! I wrote on FB about gathering my posse. Well, I had an epiphany minutes ago in the shower! Thank you! I will write with details. Oh gosh! I hope you get this and it doesn’t go to the ether.

    Good Job! Good Work! Good Fun!

    Kathee Dowis

    1. No ethers here! Well, there probably are. But you got the living, breathing real me. Looking forward to hearing about your epiphany.

  5. We’re all running the race, we all just don’t finish at the same time. Keep doing what you’re doing!

    “I’m not the leader, I’m just up front”
    – Rubber Duck from the movie “Convoy”

  6. Perfect! Just what I needed to read today. I have one abnormal friend like me and hoping that more of our friends joing our group lol!
    Way to go Pam! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Love it! All of us are human and on our own journey’s. We may seem to have it together at times but why would we be here if we did? We are here to grow and evolve and help others with God’s love and light. Thank you for being you.

  8. Thanks for the reminder but getting it as a a Tattoo? Probably not a good idea.
    I can relate to this post though- I have moments of brilliance where I say or do wonderful things and people assume I have it all figured out. Then I feel guilty when I slip up or make a mistake and go and do or say something human (I am only human after-all) and fall off the pedestal I was put on. I’m beginning to understand the most important thing for me to do is forgive myself and let it go. We all need to remember to be easier on ourselves. And I know it can be more challenging to let it go when people put you on a pedestal because you feel obligated to maintain that status in their minds. This life is an incredible learning adventure. We are all in this together and you are Awesome! Thank you for sharing your human-ness and wisdom. 🙂

  9. Is it possible to add the thumbs up like sign to your posts. I like all of them and I just want to share my enthusiasm with a high-five to your blogs.
    Thanks–blessings to you and your all!

  10. As we used to say in the very distant past (like the 60’s): “RIGHT ON!” Thanks for the post.

  11. i have a tattoo of a frog on my lower arm where I can see it. the frog reminds me to fully rely on God and I love it.

  12. I wish I had a group of abnormal fun people in my area! It sounds like a big help and support system

  13. My greatest posse member has probably been my wife, followed closely by my 6 kids. They often make me feel like I can do ANYTHING right after I’ve just failed at something.

  14. something in today’s post caught my attention: that successful people also have fear and doubt. E2 got me my dream apartment in Manhattan, a dream job producing a film with a huge director, and I’ve been waiting for 3 years for the love of my life. I felt perhaps it was my fear and doubt that was not bringing this love, or perhaps my age (I’m over 50), or the cellulite? Jeez, I must be doing something wrong! So it’s comforting to know that you too have your moments of doubt 🙂

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