Faith seeking understanding #036: On writing while sick

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 Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.

Good evening, folks. I’m wondering what it would look like to take a sick day from writing. Is it as simple as saying, “I’m taking a sick day,” and leaving it at that? Or should I take my runny nose and stuffy head and headache and fever and try to find some poetic way to use them all as a writing prompt? Or is that working too hard?

I really, really want to go to sleep so I can feel better. I’m definitely not going to stay up until midnight as I have been, trying to wrestle the perfect thoughts into the perfect words on page.

But I can’t write nothing.

I’ve been at this daily reflecting too long.

And, so I beg your indulgence as I do my thinking out loud.

You see, I could write about something else, something flippant, something surface and light.

But I want to share this struggle with you. As much as I want to share the joys.

Faith seeking understanding is a place I have made a promise to myself to be real. And it doesn’t get more real than trying to write when physically ill.

I won’t drag this out much longer; I just wanted to make my mark today, show up and provide something which I hope will be somewhat interesting to read, or think about.

What rituals do you have in place for days like this?

Do you have any?

Mine is just showing up and being honest.

I heartily recommend it, even when it doesn’t feel all that great at the outset.

I find the words take over.

And stuff gets done anyway.

See you tomorrow.

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 #036: On writing while sick

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