Yesterday marked 6 months of living in RI after moving there from Massachusetts where my wife and I had lived for 12 years. I wanted to write a reflective article about it. I wanted my wife to write something about it.
But we didn’t.
So I started thinking about this question.
I think it depends on the type of reader you are.
This question reminds me of this quote.
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (nor the tools) to write. As simple as that.”-
If you’re someone like me who’s constantly scrolling through articles and blogs online and picking up bits and pieces, you’ll end up writing articles with lots of quotes from other people. If you’re constantly browsing and surfing and grabbing titles and synopses of things, you’ll end up like me making lists of books, movies, music and other people with maybe links and videos of them in your blog post.
I guess that’s the kind of writer I am.
If you have a constant writers block resulting from various things such as…
- lack of sleep
- lack of time
- lack of doing anything interesting outside of work
- ADD or ADHD as my wife likes to point out
- a slow brain processor that computes like AOL dial-up.
- addiction and conformity to do lists
- working so hard that you are sore and tired at the end of the day
you will not have the mental energy and creativity to read, absorb and reflect and thus write entries beyond why can’t you write or think about anything when it comes to having free time to write. Add to that intermittent tinkering with writing over the years. Never really honing and honing your skills by not practicing them consistently.
For to him who has more will be given, and he will have more than enough; but whoever does not have, will be deprived even of what he has. Matthew 25:29
It is a rule of the spiritual life as well as of the scriptural life.
The type of spiritual life you have depends on your investment in spiritual practices such as prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. I started Lent with the intention of strengthening some of these spiritual exercises and I did not succeed. Although I ended up doing something even though it wasn’t as big and simple as I had originally planned. Lent, however, always makes me more aware of thinking about God and what I am not doing for him. I still think of him. Sometimes you have to look on the positive side.
Ok, let me choose one of the three spiritual practices and focus on that a bit more. The type of prayer you are depends on the time you devote to prayer,
How much time you spend spending time with God will depend on how much love of God you allow into your heart, soul, and life. God is love and his grace is always ready to overflow in you. Prayer disposes us to this love.
Also, when God’s love is properly deposited in our spiritual bank accounts, it will determine how we love our neighbor. How we love our neighbor will determine how we love God. You CANNOT do one without the other.
For we cannot love God, whom we have not seen, if we do not love others, whom we have seen. 1 John 4:20
So instead of writing a reflection on my move to a new state six months ago, I wrote another reflection on why I’m struggling with my life as a writer and added to my life spiritual as well. I did it to encourage myself not to give up. I share it so that you can be encouraged too. And don’t give up on everything you struggle with.
Even though you or I have not been as effective as we could be due to not focusing as intensely as we should on our talents and skills that we have or the love that is always available to us 25 hours a day and 8 days a week, if we are not yet dead, we can continue to try to respond to the graces that we have been and that we constantly receive. We can still exercise our writing and our spiritual life when they become fat and flabby.
We should not let past failures, current failures, and fear of future failures keep us from continuing to look for ways to better use our talents or better love God and others. This message is a prayer and a reminder to myself and hopefully to you that we have gifts and that God always wants us to use them to spread truth, beauty and goodness in the world that he created. God also wants us to grow in faith and hope. and love with himself and our brothers and sisters.
Forget what is behind and reach for what is ahead. Philippians 3:13
Remember that we won’t change overnight, but we will never change if we don’t start.
What if we fail again this time?
What if we keep failing?
Then read those thoughts again and try again.
And again and again.
May we all receive the peace, patience and perseverance to do what we were created to do in this life given to us.
“Be what God intended you to be and you will set the world on fire.” – Saint Catherine of Siena
Don’t stop believing.-Travel
Here is a catchy song to motivate you to be creative. I like it anyway.