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.
On day 46 of my daily writing regimen, in a weak moment, I came across the title of an article on Medium: “Want to be a Productive Writer? Do NOT Write Every Day.” I was intrigued. Eagerly, I clicked on the article and dove in to see if it would give me sufficient reason to break my almost fifty-day streak so I could—if too early to go to bed—roll over and take a nap. So, I read the article, considered its wisdom, and closed my eyes for enough minutes to fall asleep. Not soundly, but definitely asleep.
Then I woke up.
I woke up and decided that I didn’t feel like breaking my writing streak. I didn’t feel like breaking the habit which I had forged in good times and in bad, sickness and health, ideas and no ideas.
But I did like one of the ideas in the article: the idea of sabbath. I’ve always considered the commandment to keep the sabbath my favorite. There have been times in my life when I tried to keep the sabbath by going to church and resting the remainder of the day. But that doesn’t fit my lifestyle anymore. I sing in a church choir, and that means double rehearsals on Sunday as well as the mental engagement it takes to do justice to the wonderful music we offer up in worship.
Writing has become a spiritual discipline for me. I have come to look forward to my evening ritual when I feel close to God and God feels close to myself. Of course, it is work, but I think of it somehow as holy work. As worship. As gratitude.
And so, I do it.
I mean no disrespect to the author of that article. She made some very good points. But every author is different, and different things work for different people. I choose to write as a spiritual discipline. It is Sabbath-honoring if not exactly a sabbath for me to write, even on high holy days.
That is because my writing habit is my refuge. It is where I go for an hour or so each day to reflect, regroup, and to give shape and meaning to my day. It’s not exactly restful, but I have found that I sleep quite soundly right after partaking in my writing discipline. I go to sleep confident that I have done what I needed to do that day—if only for a little while.
Am I sacrificing something by not taking a break? I’m sure I am, but life is full of trade-offs.
I could write less frequently. I could try writing once a week, but somehow, I think I might forget or, worse, procrastinate until the day before I wrote my weekly missive and then choke—and do nothing. My daily habit requires that I do a little each day, even if the little I do is just a few thoughts.
So, I think I am going to respectfully ignore the advice of the title of that article. I will honor the spirit of the advice contained inside, however, and seek ways to work a little sabbath into my weekly schedule.
Perhaps, as I originally intended today, I will count tit sufficient to announce that I’m taking a sabbath. That will still count as writing. That will still count as being connected. That will still count as keeping the chain unbroken. But it might be restful to have one day a week where I am not allowed to be as verbose as I have found myself being today.
Perhaps it is not I who needs a break so much as my reader!
But I will continue to post something in this space every day, God willing.
It just feels too good to have done it to stop at this point—or even pause.
And so, I will keep going.
See you tomorrow!
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