Faith seeking understanding #013: Beyond the minimum viable product

Faith seeking understanding, my personal journey towards a deeper knowledge of and intimacy with God, the cosmos, humanity and myself through thoughts, words and (occasionally) images, is a series of [hopefully] daily reflections I’m writing with the purpose of publishing something on a regular basis for others to read, either here, at joncarllewis.com or among my writings at Medium.com.

Photo by Christian Erfurt on Unsplash. This is pretty much how I feel, right now.

I know I’m in trouble when I start wondering what the minimum viable product for the day in terms of my writing would be. A minimum viable product is the least one can do: the bare minimum that will still be able to stand on its own and satisfy a consumer. I don’t want to think of my writing that way. I don’t want to think of it as a product. I don’t want to think of my readers as consumers.

I’d like to think of my writing as an invitation to a dialogue, not merely content to fill up space and time.

I’d like to think of my reader as a conversation partner, not merely a pair of eyeballs to be titillated and entertained.

I want to go beyond the minimum viable product. I want to go beyond the whole construct of thinking of my writing in terms of productivity, in terms of output, in terms of space to be filled.

I want my heart to be heard. And I want to listen, too, for the hearts of others.

That is why I am doing my daily writing. To touch others, and to invite them to touch me.

It’s not about the minimum I can do to produce an entry for the day—although, sometimes, that’s going to be the temptation.

Especially on days like today, when I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to write about, and I have a headache, and it’s late, and I’d rather be reading that writing, and… and… and…

Maybe, some days, I will succumb to that temptation. But I hope those days won’t be many.

You see, I started this project telling myself that I would publish every day—even if I only write two sentences a day. I consider two good sentences my minimum viable product.

But, if I write two sentences, they need to be pretty damned compelling.

And that might be too much pressure to put on this simple, daily exercise.

It might be easier to write pages and pages of nonsense—but, then that wouldn’t be viable.

So, I’ll keep my reflections relatively short.

And I will endeavor to make them coherent.

And I will endeavor to bring them forth from my heart.

I could turn out the minimum viable product, but I want to do better than that.

I can do better than that.

And, so, I will.

At least for today.

Thank you for your time and attention.
I’d love to know your thoughts on what you’ve read.
Please comment, below, or email me at joncarllewis@gmail.com.
May God richly bless you on your journey.

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Faith seeking understanding #013: Beyond the minimum viable product

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