Some days words flow. Other days they don’t. Today is the latter. I can never pinpoint the difference why it goes one way some days and another way other days. I’m drinking the same iced tea with lemon, sitting in the same sun spot in the same chair at the same time of day, with the same overstuffed brain of thoughts and yet no writing topic is demanding attention or volunteering to be explored today.
They say that’s the life of a writer. Some days the words flow like Montana spring run off. Other days they dribble, or worse, dry up altogether. The advice is always: “just start writing, something will come.”
But today, I have fleeting thoughts on heavy topics. They dance in and out, not staying long enough for me to find a pattern or a point to them:
- Do I ever hear God? (A leftover musing from a small group gathering last weekend.)
- Will I ever consistently get this stepmomming thing right? (A lingering thought after a family meeting yesterday.)
- Is it possible to ever feel free of all my life baggage? (A constant thought.)
- What could I possibly ever write that would have value to others? (A nagging persistent thought that pops up each time I sit to write.)
Generally, I am frustrated on days like today. I want to explore my memories, discover an important lesson and capture it on paper.
But strangely, today, I feel calm, unhurried. Maybe today is different because of the soothing sound of my neighbor washing his driveway alongside the consistent, rhythmic chirp of a bird in a nearby tree. Maybe it’s the hum of an excavator working half a block away. Or perhaps– I’m tired. Emotionally tired by a recent hard conversation with the people I love. Physically tired from sleeping poorly because of it.
Whatever it is, I’ll take it. In fact, I’m choosing to see it as evidence of growth. Not long ago, if I had nothing to say as a deadline approached, my perfectionist thoughts would have panicked. They would have hounded and berated me endlessly until I had a blog written, edited, and queued for release.
Could it be that through this journey I’m getting taking hold of my perfectionism after all?
I can’t be sure. But what I do know is life is more peaceful without them. Life is more joyful when I extend myself the same grace I give to others. Life has a stillness and satisfaction to it when I simply let a bit of writing unfold, without expectation or force. And in that stillness, I’m discovering my ongoing questions are easier to answer:
- I may not audibly hear God, but I feel him in the breeze around me and sense him in the connection I feel with that chirping bird.
- I will not always stepmom perfectly, but I admire that I keep trying.
- I may never be free of my baggage, but I can be grateful for the lessons I’ve learned because of it.
- And just maybe those answers are what someone needs to read today. And if not, they were what I needed to write. And that is enough.