Living Like a Writer: Slow Down.
So much of writing is living. The actual putting of words to paper is only a small fraction of what it means to be a writer. For us in the Midwest, school is in full swing and life is busy. Teachers feel pressure, students feel pressure, administrators feel pressure, parents feel pressure . . . and everyone is on the go.
Here lies the problem. As writers we must live, yet often we get too busy with living to even think of writing. It is times like these that I want to scream “SLOW DOWN!”
I have found that when I’m too busy to write, then I’m not really living. I’m simply going through the motions, letting life happen to me. Donald Murray once said, “Writing allows me to live life twice.” It is this living of life and then writing that allows the richness of life to infuse in our souls.
This weekend, I challenge you to slow down and focus on the richness of your life. No matter what is happening, find the good in your life — squint if you have to. Appreciate the small favors life offers — a warm breeze, a few extra moments of sleep, a supportive friend, a good book. Tomorrow, I’ll be reminding myself how thankful I am for the piles of laundry because they signify a healthy family who can afford clothes.
Then take a moment to live life twice by writing down a list of gratitudes. You won’t be sorry for slowing down. In fact, you may be surprised to find that you are more productive than ever.