Invitation and Disclaimer. I am joining the Five Minute Friday community of writers. The challenge is to write for 5 minutes, unedited. If you know me, you know the challenge before me. Each Friday Kate Motaung shares a one-word writing prompt.
At the beginning of December we disassembled a guest room to create an office. I need a place to pull out writing books, put ginormous post it notes, and spread journals across the floor. The living room was not working for me. Plus Sadie (our golden/lab mix) found chewing pens and journals to be either therapeutic or she secretly wants to write but doesn’t have thumbs, so she chews the writing utensils in frustration.
I DO NOT recommend doing this before Christmas, when you are also pulling out decorations and making room for a tree.
I am still in that in-between space—the process of gathering and letting go, of keeping and shredding, of donating some books and pulling others closer to my periphery.
Last year feels like an epic fail with respect to writing. I didn’t meet my goals or fulfill some of my dreams. Amidst all the extended travel, loss, grieving, aging parents, respiratory viruses that hit me hard for 6 weeks at a time, I couldn’t get my footing. I confess I envied the calendar people with neat desks and orderly schedules. 2017 was having very little of that.
My writing projects, journals, inspirational quotes, important documents got put into a large laundry basket. I kid you not.
By the end of the fall I knew this had to change.
The process of simplifying allows for excavating what’s important which is probably the felt need beneath the choice. We sift through a steady selection to discover the gems of what’s true, good, inspiring, encouraging.
The process dives beneath the surface and nuzzles a path back to..? Back to us, back to our dreams, goals, and gifts. It provides a path, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
It gives us breathing space, “creating space” with God.
P.S. I went a tad over to finish a sentence.