Dear Reader 3.28.21

Dear Reader,

Today’s note is coming to you a little earlier than usual, if you even notice. My usual Sunday morning routine of spending the morning in my local, tiny, coffee shop is being preempted by teaching this morning, and a full afternoon of errands, lesson planning, meditation class homework, and working on an essay with a fast-approaching deadline. Some might call this a busy day, some might call it lazy, but I call it perfect.

Filling my days with the things I love most has taken most of my adult life to get to, but it’s been worth it. I still have to spend time doing things I don’t love–but into every life there has to be a balance of sorts, a good with the bad, a high to the low. Most of the things I don’t love are maintenance issues, anyway, so keeping up with them just helps things flow when I am in a good state.

One of the things I have loved the idea of for many years is that of sharing writing prompts about writing with writers. I know that sounds quite circular, but it isn’t intended to be complicated: I simply love writing about writing. Along with meditation and the meaning of life (such basic topics, I know…!!), writing is something I could talk about and write about for days on end and still have more to explore. I don’t know if all writers feel this way, or if it’s just me, and I quite honestly don’t care. While reading through a previous journal of morning pages, I found the idea (again) of writing prompts for writers, and it sang to my heart. Now that I’ve resumed blogging, I figured I may as well share those prompts. This week’s prompts are more about exploring a few emotions and the seasonal nature of our personal writing (you can see the prompts here), but in brainstorming for the next month’s set of inspirations, I’m finding the prompts guiding us towards introspection on the birth and evolutionary process of our writing over time. Maybe because I have a *major* birthday in 28 days, or maybe because spring is showing itself in green shoots and purple crocuses…who knows? I just hope you’ll find value in thinking about writing from a metacognitive perspective through the prompts. I’d love to know anything you’d like to share–feel free to respond to the prompt for discourse, or jot it down in your journal for introspection later.

With any luck, your Sunday is also filled with things you love: time with family, vegging out with tv, or maybe the mundane chores that make our weekdays flow smoother. Whatever it is, find joy in the moment and take care of yourself.

Happy writing,

xoxo

Beth

2 Comments on “Dear Reader 3.28.21”

  1. I am so fortunate to be retired, so I do lots of those tasks you list, on weekdays, to stay out of the way of those who work and have only the weekends to do them. I remember when I was working, and only had the weekends to get errands run, that little old people, out for the day who got in my way, really annoyed me. I promised then that in retirement I would only run errands when the others were at work. So far, so good.

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    • brilliant approach…looking forward to the day when I’m retired and can do the same 🙂

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