One of my favorite quotes of all time is:
“If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” -Ryan Blair
There are several versions of this quote, but I like this one, attributed to Blair, most because it uses the word “important”. Is writing important to me? Of course. Do I sometimes make an excuse not to write? Of course. In this realization, I come to the conclusion that I don’t need to make it important to me, I just need to make it important to me all the time if I really want to get somewhere.
(Side note: I’ve even attached this quote to my phone alarm in the morning because I’m so awful at getting out of bed 😂)
In my post, “Spreading Ourselves Too Thin: It Never Works”, I talked about the situation when I get into the habit of thinking I don’t have the time. Well, there is a clear cut solution: I have to make the time.
This, of course, is easier said than done. Life happens; there are so many tasks to do day-by-day. Sometimes, writing simply doesn’t seem like a necessity, especially in comparison to the likes of homework, my jobs, household chores, all things that are very now. Suddenly, there doesn’t seem to be time for writing; by the end of it all, I just want to go to bed to prepare to do it all again the next day. However, it’s when I muscle through to cut out a sliver of time to sit and write before bed that I feel so incredibly liberated from that day-to-day which can be so exhausting. Writing adds fulfillment to my day. I feel so called by God to write, and in fact I believe that it will be at the center of my life’s ministry for years and years to come. I just need to fight that human thought that says I absolutely need that extra fifteen minutes of sleep that not writing will gain me. Most times, those fifteen minutes are far better spent in front of my notebook.
Lately, I’ve started a new era of poetry. It began when, one night, I pushed myself to write even though I was tired. As much as I love many pieces I’ve written in the past, seeing my style evolve is both exciting and nerve wracking. So much of writing is uncharted territory, although that’s some of its appeal. Thrilling is the word. When I know I have a gem of an idea, it’s simply thrilling. My goal in all of this effort to make the time is to strengthen my craft in order to communicate messages in both beautiful and clear ways. It’s all for this lifelong love I’ve been given, this calling to write. So write I shall.
As always, just a little reminder to count your blessings. You are loved!