In the last few weeks, I’ve spoken to four groups. The first presentation was writing as a healing exercise. The next was how to write the “unacceptable story” – this is actually a six-week course. The third was on “prophetic writing" - how can we activate the spirit in our writing exercises? This last one was to a church group who meets in a renovated garage.
( By the way, I love the idea of a renovated garage because we are in the middle of transforming our garage into a studio. It is taking forever with all kinds of unexpected twists and turns - like building permits. So it was just good to see how one can finish a project. Beautifully done!)
Anyway, at this last group, I knew that my assignment was to inspire forgiveness, survival, and prayer through the telling of my story which I have always loved to do.
So I did that – for about 45 minutes – and then I just started preaching writing.
Yes - writing. Somehow I switched the whole story presentation to talk about my new passion - my new hobby horse - writing!
And yes I started "preaching?" I think that is the only word to describe it. I wasn't encouraging and suggesting that people should write a book, I was preaching it.
I have become a hot-headed evangelist. I don’t seem to care what your gifts or interests are, I want you – and everyone else - to write.
I am clutching the mike, pounding my fist on the podium and preaching fire and brimstone messages to everyone who is not doing their morning pages.
I came home expecting to have a free afternoon – I’ve been quite busy of late. I thought I finally had my space to write! I was so excited to get going.
As I walked through the door, I realized I don’t want to write. I just want to watch TV.
I have many exciting writing projects that are just begging for my attention. Only one more word - even a few sentences - would have furthered my cause.
Nope - I just want a cup of tea and squander my entire afternoon.
Apparently, not everyone has to write a book - every moment of the day. There are other wonderful - delicious - ways to spend one's time.
I can’t believe how hard it is for me to admit that.
“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” ― Marthe Troly-Curtin