Updated: Mar 8
I know, your life doesn't revolve around writing.
But listen, I want to encourage you to find a way to write . . . something every day.
As we were reminded so harshly last year, we cannot control what happens to us all the time. I make lists, use a planner, two digital calendars, apps to help me stay organized, and still, the wind was knocked out of me last year. Everything from the pandemic to the protests to seeing so much unexpected death I was numb and writing was the last thing on my list. I get it, but I also know that you will feel better when you write . .. something.
Writing and inscribing your legacy is not as hard as you may think. There is not always a methodical process for making it happen. You can create an outline, draw a timeline, make a word bubble or use your voice recorder to tell your phone what you want to say, just put the effort in and find intentionality for your process. When you do, getting to the message in your writing will come easier.
It has been challenging, but challenge should not require us to stop dreaming, or writing our visions. I think writing through challenges can be helpful to help us hold on to hope.
People tell me all the time why they can't write, don't write, won't write. Shoot, sometimes writing is hard for me too. Right now, my grandmother, the last of my pillars is living her last days. For the past two days, I have tried to write this reflection, but I was at a loss for words. What inspired me to write was recognizing that I'm not the only one who gets stuck sometimes. And ironically, my Grandma Dear is one of the major reasons why I started to write in the first place. I would curl up with her in her king-sized bed and read poetry by Shel Silverstein or Maya Angelou. Every summer she would send me books to help with my penmanship and expect book reports on the novels. She was tough on me, but she taught me so much about self-educating, prayer and worship. I haven't seen her in person since 2018, this is the last picture we took together. Find a picture that inspires you and write about the what you see, or what memories come to mind.
Decide that you want to write . . . something and just go for it. Fall head first into your process. Pick up your pen, put your fingers on the keyboard, turn on the recorder, call someone, do whatever it takes to get comfortable so that you can inscribe your story. One of the greatest gifts you can give to the people you love is your story written down. That first step makes all the difference. It doesn't have to be perfect, it just needs to be authentic, you are the expert, speak your truth in love. List three major lessons that you want to share with your audience. What specifically do you want them to know and why is the lesson from you an important part of the process?
You can start writing . . . something, now. Finish this sentence, My name is ________________, this is what I want you to know about __________________.
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Let me know how I can help,