Have a wonderful weekend – one full of life, full of color, full of wishes come true.
Writing my guest post for Ally this week really got me thinking about relationships. Not just marriage, but all relationships – to people, to art, to work, to a habit, to an idea. We commit ourselves to a variety of different things, in word and in deed, on a daily basis. Don’t you think? And if you really think about it, your actions, your schedule, speak volumes about what you care about most. If you’re looking back on this week and thinking, hmm… that’s not what I want to be committed to, then you’re not the only one.
You may be tempted to spend your weekend as a continuation of your work week, scrambling like mad to finish a project.
You may be tempted to avoid any form of work all together and park yourself in front of your television.
You may be tempted to cling to the period of your life when things felt so much easier than they do right now, when you were a carefree college kid without any real responsibilities.
Put down your smart phone.
Step away from your inbox.
Turn off the TV.
Let go of the if-onlys and the I-wish-I-weres.
Read a few of these links and be inspired to commit yourself to something good. A healthy relationship. A life full of adventure. A habit of learning and going and doing.
She’s Married to Amazement.
I love this quote from Darrell about seeking direction versus wisdom:
Possibly the most romantic stay-in date that I’ve heard of in a long time.
Rob asks the question: what’s more important, a happy story or one that evokes strong emotion, even if it’s depressing?
Commit to story. It’s A Matter of Life and Death.
So what are you committing to this weekend, and what are you letting go of?
Happy Friday, friends. [And happy fall.]
Today I’m thinking about authenticity. Writers have the ability and responsibility to wield words and create meaning. We can construct whole worlds of fiction and fantasy. We can give artistic flair to the everyday human experience.
And so I think to myself: whatever we do, whatever we say, however we act, should be authentic to who we are. A story, however edited and rewritten, should ring true. So I strive to live a life authentic to what I feel, and what I believe to be true. But, by my nature and because I am human, I succeed marginally at best. I get caught up in constructing authenticity. And then I lose it. I give in to the belief that this is what they’ll want to read from me or this sounds better than the way it really happened or if I told them what I really think, they wouldn’t take me seriously.
Do you ever do that, rearrange your thoughts around what you believe people will respond to?
Do you blog for the bandwagon? Post about things that you believe will initiate comments and page views and tweets, or do you blog about things that really matter to you, the writer?
Do you edit your thoughts and words at the expense of your true voice?
On the one hand, you write for your audience. You write to give them a thought, a moment illustrated, a word of encouragement, a benefit from your experience. But we have to strike that balance between sharing our gift with others and exercising our gift simply because it is what we are called to do.
I’m convicted by the thought that when we write, we should not just write about writing, but about our lives.
As a very wise professor I know recently explained,
My blog is a blog about writing, but it is also a blog for my writing.
We can lose that authenticity and integrity for our work in a variety of ways, whether through writing about writing to avoid writing truth, or editing our thoughts and experiences to garner attention.
Here are a few posts from the interwebs that I appreciate for their authenticity.
The best reflection out of the many that were shared over the past week.
What good is a relationship without confrontation and commitment?
Is it right, or does it just feel right? How my generation deals with morality.
These bloggers are willing to share their true stories. I took the plunge and shared mine yesterday. Share yours. The world needs to witness it.
And finally, a friend and I are starting a writer’s group in the Elgin/Chicago Suburbs. Are you interested? Join here.
Have a good weekend, friends.