Zero-Point, Round Two

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Recently I reported on a zero-point I found myself at and what can I say? - I am still at this zero-point. Not that I lack creativity or ideas, but rather the possibility to implement them - that is how I will sum it up.
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So how do you move beyond such a zero-point and do you even have to?

In life, of course, one does not have to do that at all, because such a zero-point can also simply mean a healthy break. I also believe that this is the case for me.

But when you produce creative content, sometimes it is about making regular appearances and also about staying on track. Moreover, often others are involved and you have to keep going somehow. With playing theatre, for example, it is like that.

The question then is how to get beyond such a point or how to use it for oneself.


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Step 1: Accept

In the best case, one can integrate the zero-point into one’s work, as I did recently. That way one also speaks it out: I am at a zero-point.

Bam! Take that, rotating hamster wheel in an eternally demanding world.

I am at a zero-point right now and am now taking a moment to breathe. Maybe I will even take a sip of water. Maybe I will even take a break for a week.

Do you know why? – Because I have just reached a zero-point. That is why.

Accepting this is the first step in dealing with it.


!B: A series with round animals whose bodies behave like balloons, which leads to funny-looking situations, here starting with a round hamster that gets into a hamster wheel, runs and finally starts rolling around in the wheel like a balloon. Video by Rollin’ Wild.

Step 2: Look

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Once one has accepted the fact that one is at a zero-point, one can take a closer look at the situation. If one recognises what has led one to this point, further steps or behavioural measures may result to find an appropriate way of dealing with it.

The Why

Why am I at a zero-point?

Exhaustion

I am at a zero-point because I have had a really hellishly exhausting time that is not quite over yet – and no, you cannot read about it in any other posts at the moment and I would like to leave it at that for now.

After such an exhausting time, you might just need a break at some point and that is a good thing.

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More Contents

I am at a zero-point because I am creating more in writing than before.

Despite all this, I have remained quite creative and have even opened up new areas of creativity for myself that I did not really dare to approach before. I have also been very successful in tapping into these areas. I have discovered a new outlet and am thus expanding one of my talents. By this, I mean writing the very short stories – which also gave rise to the written explanations of the Urban Nature Observations, as I cannot take so many photos at the moment.

This means that since mid-February I have been producing much more every day than I did before. Together with the need for rest, this may also mean that a little less is produced elsewhere – although I do not actually want it that way.

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Values

I am at a zero-point because I am realigning my values.

Another point comes into play here, namely the shift in perspectives and priorities. In the last few years, I have seen and experienced a lot of extreme things. I am also generally at a point in life where one re-evaluates a lot of things. And then we live in these crazy times.

All of a sudden, I now realise that I stand differently on some things than perhaps I did two or three years ago. That needs to be re-evaluated. I may write about some of it here occasionally. Among other things, this is why there is a category on the blog called Exploratory Journey. Other things I may not want to share publicly and others I may not want to share yet.

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Gaining Orientation

So, I first have to get an overview of where the events of the last few years have led me and what that means for me – what even has what meaning for me now.

With the very short stories I can play with reality and fiction. That gives me many other possibilities. But here on the blog, I share content from my own experience. I find that important too. Only I am still at this zero-point.


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Next Step?

So, this is my second step to getting out of the zero-point.

The first step was, as I said, to recognise and accept the fact. I did this with the help of the penultimate blog post.

The second step was to look at what brought me to this zero-point. I did that with the help of this blog post and a lot of things came together.

Let us see what happens next on the journey through zero-point and beyond, and how many more steps follow. You will surely find out in due course.



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The blog will continue in any case. At least my very short stories and the Urban Nature Observations are in constant progress. And as long as I have not got beyond the zero-point, we can look together at how I can manage it. Maybe this will help others who feel the same way.
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What helps you to deal with such a zero-point? How do you get through it and beyond it?

Are you ready to shine a bright light of awareness on the path of beingness, today?

Much Love,
Steffi

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