Do you make time to write everyday? Don’t you think everybody should?
Well…… I do write every day, but I do not Write every day. Big difference, for me, between writing for work and writing for…. fun. Comments, logs, emails – enough said about work writing.
I communicate with friends and family every day in writing: text (yes, my daughters have finally forced me), emails to friends, Facebook notes to cousins on the “Clan” page – that kind of writing.
Since my new position began in late August, I have not had the mental energy to Write every day. But I think it is time to get back to it. I have settled into the routine of work, I know (for the most part) what I am doing, I have had confirmation from my supervisors that all is well. And I have made a couple writing commitments. One is to NaNoWriMo – write a book in thirty days. I am excited about something I have never tried before, and I am storing up energy and ideas. What to write? I haven’t decided yet. It has to be something I know. There won’t be time for any research.
Back to the prompt. Should everybody write every day? I think there is great value in writing daily, but you have to bring something to it, and not everyone might choose to do that, or know how to do that. My hero, Anne Lamott said,
Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do – the actual act of writing – turns out to be the best part. It’s like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.
That is how I, personally, feel about writing. But certainly there are many other ways to communicate, and I think that is really the base of Becca’s question. “Do you make time to – communicate – every day? Don’t you think everybody should?” Definitely.
Communicate with friends and loved ones, communicate with nature, communicate with yourself…. That is what makes us special and so very different from all the other animals: the quality of our communication. We don’t just tell our neighbors where our territory ends and theirs starts, or where the honey is. We talk about our feelings and our fears and our needs. We have the ability to share the beauty we find in life. I think we have a responsibility to do that, as a way of giving thanks for this gift. We can journal, saving our stories for future generations, or to be introspective and grow, which will serve the people in our lives and ourselves. We can communicate through music, finding peace or release through this medium of communication, and possibly to share with others. Or we can talk, entertaining those around us. There is a multitude of ways to communicate, and I do believe we have a responsibility to do so.
To get back to Lamott’s tea ceremony. I have learned that the ceremony is the beauty of life. I think it is a very rare young person who figures this out, and some people never get it. As I wrote in last week’s post, it is all about the trip, rather than the destination.
So while you are on your trip, please do connect, divulge, inform, correspond, proclaim, publish, perform, report, announce, interact, or use whatever means with which you communicate best.
There are a few more roses in the yard, but if frost comes in the next couple nights, this will be the last rose from the summer. Crossing over time is lovely.