Sunday, November 28, 2010

One of the Great Gifts of Writing

Where have you been? Where are you right now? Where are you going?

"Writing itself is one of the great, free human activities. There is scope for individuality, and elation, and discovery, in writing. For the person who follows with trust and forgiveness what occurs to him, the world remains always ready and deep, an inexhaustible environment, with the combined vividness of an actuality and flexibility of a dream. Working back and forth between experience and thought, writers have more than space and time can offer. They have the whole unexplored realm of human vision." ~ William Stafford

Who have you been? Who are you right now? Who are you becoming?
The greatest gift of writing is discovering who you truly are.
Not the small you who gazes with fear and longing outward into the world, but the expansive You, who talks in dreams and ignites your imagination through a summer breeze, a raging storm, a war torn landscape and the touch of love.

This is the You who guides the pen and gives your fingers their flight across the keyboard.
This is the You who calls you to the most challenging of life's journeys.
This is the You who does not judge or condemn.
This is the You who writes without expectation.
This is the You who knows that everything that has happened to you, regardless off the pain and the joy, happened to further your journey.
This is the you who knows that it is not the suffering that matters in this journey of life, but rather the lessons learned.

Life is learning how to fly.
If we didn't stumble and fall, get lost and found and lost again, we would not know the exhilaration of soaring once more. We would not know joy. We would not experience giving and accepting compassion. We would not know love.
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