Monday, December 11, 2017

There are few nicer things than sitting up in bed, drinking strong tea, and reading.

~ Alan Clark

Except, perhaps, sitting up in bed, drinking strong soy-milk-frothy coffee, and writing: my delicious regular morning ritual.

I’m just back from the prairie where I’ve been reimagining something that happened there a lifetime ago, tapping out words and sentences to give structure to the event and, in doing so, finding nuggets that I missed seeing the first time—the time when I lived it.

That’s one of the great gifts of writing.

I return here, as I do every morning, wondering what I have to offer. Conventional wisdom says that a blog must give something to its readers and here, I fear, I fall short. I have no free ebooks or pretty graphics for you to download; I have no seven-step formula for success in a given area, or a tutorial telling you how to do something.

All I have is words, and simple ones at that. And a photo, equally simple. Today, and probably tomorrow and tomorrow after that, that will be all that I have.

I’m growing ever more weary of the virtual noise and the clamour of voices striving to be the loudest and the smartest, the most right and the most offended. My weariness calls me to combat the cacophony with quiet.

Simple happy (and sometimes not-so-happy) words and images are all I have; that will have to be enough.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Hmm…you are right again, Linda. As my retirement years get kicked off, I’m thinking I need to get into the mid-stream of all the offering for hawk my wares….writing classes, books, speaking engagements. But I love your composed take on the state of affairs. I may rethink my direction here and just go back to writing the words in a more simpler way. I have enjoyed your calming words and look on the world each day.

  2. The lure toward busyness can be a strong one, for sure. I return to those things that I know that I know to be true and that I am called to and busyness for the sake of being busy doesn’t make the list. I find myself tuning out the noise more and more. Thank you for your kind words, Judy. I know you’ll find the path that’s uniquely right for you.

  3. Linda, you are spot on! I’ve come to a similar realization. Social media has sent many people into a crazed state. Everything is operating on hyper drive! It is time to Simplify,Simplify, Simplify as the great Thoreau said. When you take the time to stop and listen and think…there are only a few things that really matter. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll try to follow your example..

    1. We all, myself included, can use a reminder to return to what matters now and then, don’t you think? Wishing you a simply wonderful day, Karen.

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