Sometimes, all it takesIs rounding a cornerTo come face-to-face with yourself,Face to face with your future,Face to face with your potentials,Face to face with your truest self. And you realizeThat you’ve been there all alongWaiting for you to drop the maskAnd discover yourself anew.
Folks who follow me may be surprised to see that I’m writing reflections again under the title of “Faith seeking understanding.” Although I swore off the series and thought I was bringing it to a close in #072: “Goodbye to “Faith seeking understanding”? I couldn’t envision an umbrella for another series that “felt” as rightContinue reading “Faith seeking understanding #075: A return, a recommittal, a new resolve”
“Nothing succeeds like success.” This is what we are led to believe by Sir Arthur Helps, who wrote these words in his book Realmah, published in 1868. For a long time, I had been inclined to agree with this sentiment. Then a minor success happened to me, and it really shut me down.
Life is short. I think that’s true for everyone, but especially for some who aren’t “supposed” to die as soon as they do—as if we had a choice or a say in the matter. One of those persons who I don’t believe was “supposed” to die was Rachel Held Evans who died early Saturday morning,Continue reading “Faith seeking understanding: #073: Will my life even matter?”
Breaking my writing streak and skipping a day of writing taught me a lot. That missed day turned into a week of erratic writing, much of which produced no writing at all. But I’m not going to beat myself up. I’m feeling okay with having broken the chain after reflection number 70, but the mostContinue reading “Faith seeking understanding #071: What I learned from skipping a day of writing… or two… or three…”
Exploring the paradoxical need to endure obscurity in order to become famous as a novelist.
Inspired by Jonas Ellison’s essay; “A rant on Lutheran theology and contemplation.”
Momentum takes over even when the will flags And I am moved to write Having just finished reading the first draft (Actually, the first fragments) Of my novel. Today I return to my practice After two days of having fallen ill And having fallen asleep to let that illness run it’s course. But now theContinue reading “Faith seeking understanding #068: Momentum supercedes my will”
I worked hard today. At my job. As a novelist. I spent hours printing out my novel’s manuscript and forcing myself to sit and read as many of the 72,000 words I’ve written as fast as I could comprehend what I was saying about what was going on. At times I had to take aContinue reading “Faith seeking understanding #067: The hard work means it’s real”
Someone wrote today what I wished I had written tonight. I will allow myself to pout a little. The author is a little farther ahead of me on solving a problem we both have—and has adopted the same method to overcome it. But he thought to make it into today’s reflection for him and IContinue reading “Faith seeking understanding #066: Writing envy”