Yes, It Is a.... (fill in your blank & read mine here because) Writing Happens... when we Stay the Course with #5for5BrainDump
I could easily get lost running down the rabbit hole of “Where did I first hear the expression of “Staying the course” and why, after all these years, am I still saying it?
Was it “Dead Poet’s Society”? I google quotes and I see carpe diem and seize the day and a bunch of Thoreau and Whitman and no stay the course and I realize I can lose time searching AND I may choose instead to……follow my own prompt so…
Today I will choose to stay the course” because I believe wholeheartedly the world is waiting for our words.
The world is waiting for me to finish my projects and launch them well. Not to launch them with attachment but to launch them with all the vigor I have available to me.
There are women sitting in their living rooms wondering what they might do differently. “How may my child be helped?”
They watch their five-year-old son struggle and then hold him close and he has no problems or issues at home. The administrators tell her she’s a bad parent. There is clucking of tongues when she walks by even though these same people praise her for the parent she is with her daughters.
She stops smiling. Fear sits above her eyebrows.
She sequesters herself at home so she won’t feel compelled to make excuses.
The day comes when she discovers autism and her mother confesses she had suspected it (and hadn’t told the now crying mother-daughter).
I will choose to stay the course when I look at photos of me from then and the photos of me from now – still scared when the school calls in the morning – yet filled with years of successes.
That flicker of fear doesn’t evaporate.
I’ve just learned how to negotiate it better. (Most of the time, anyway.)
The world is waiting for our words of instruction, of hope, of dreams left in the dank cellar and dreams brought into the light of day. It is a wonderful world – I won’t search that quote right now either because I need YOU to be reading this sooner rather than later.
One way I will stay the course with my writing is…
1.Review the content I have and read the first draft aloud. Set aside a time and space where I may do that reflectively as well as critically.
(And another way is…)
2.Create space to google for appropriate quotes and stretch out tips and stories accordingly.
(and another way is…)
3.Keep other mini-writing-projects at the ready so I may finish this one AND be filled in the moment with other projects. I am NOT a one-at-a-time writer and I know this may block me because I try to do like others and somehow make myself wrong.
Once again I forgot to set my timer – which is sort of a block metaphor in and of itself.
I won’t get tangled in that though, I will move on to publishing because - The world is waiting for our words of instruction, of hope, of dreams left in the dank cellar and dreams brought into the light of day.
It is a wonderful world.
Julie Jordan Scott
is the founder and creator of 5For5BrainDump. She has been inspiring artistic rebirth since 1999.