Posts Tagged ‘gift of time’

Just Be

October 7, 2019

I volunteered to work a two-day fundraiser. I left my phone in my purse, didn’t bring a book, and brought a notepad that really was meant for short notes related to the event. “Self,” I said, “just be there. Your other obligations can wait.”

Turns out I gave myself good advice. The other volunteers also decided to focus on the event, so when we did have a lull we actually talked to each other. Given that we were all writers, a few ideas that could lead to short stories popped up (which I dutifully wrote down in the ledger notebook – I know better than to trust I’ll remember good ideas!). That was an extra gift. The real benefit was in being present, paying attention, and slowing down. Give yourself that gift this week if you can, and if not now later in the month. You’re worth the time.

Luck and wisdom!

The Time of Gratitude

October 8, 2018

It’s week 3 of The Great Ankle Recovery. I’m still hobbling, still not driving, and holiday season is approaching. While Thanksgiving starts the holiday season for most people, many writers I know consider November 1 to be the kick-off date. That is the beginning of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, where the goal is to write at least 50,000 words in 30 days. I’ve never done it, but I’ve seen friends though the Time of Gratitude – and if you’ve completed NaNoWriMo you know what I mean. No matter how grudgingly, your friends and family had to give you the gift of time to write or you never would have achieved your goal. The same will be true in December, the King Kong of holiday months. If you get a chance to write, be grateful.

Were I a good motivational consultant, I would set out my list of “Seven simple things you can do to make time to write” or “Five sure-fire ways to get your family off your back” or even “Three words to ditch all your responsibilities so you can sit at the computer.” Good luck with that. There are no simple ways to create writing time, no sure-fire ways to get people to leave you alone, and no magic words to ditch responsibilities without massive consequences. If you can manage to edit a chapter between gift-buying and eggnog-slurping, be grateful.

My extended holiday wish for you, no matter what you celebrate, is confidence in your craft. Yes, your schedule will be disrupted this month. Yes, you may forget a few details about your plot or characters. Yes, those deadlines will be staring you in the face sooner than you would like. You are a writer. You will persevere. You will get back to work as soon and as often as you can. And when you do, be grateful.

Luck and wisdom!