I read Jon’s blog pretty faithfully. It comes into my email inbox every day or two. I am often challenged by what Jon says. And I almost never let him know any more. It’s just too time-consuming to actually log in to WordPress and leave a comment. Consequently, I not only don’t encourage this writer, I don’t write anything in response, even though I frequently compose blog posts in my head.
I think I gave myself permission to stop writing when I read his January 31 post… He wrote: “The challenge of going out and doing stuff is that we may not have enough words left when we come back to talk about it. Because sometimes, the out there doesn’t leave much energy for in here.”
Exactly. Actually I’d been barely writing any posts already, but this piece gave me the rationale I needed to stop feeling guilty about it. “Doing stuff” has indeed taken priority, and I have felt emptied of words. But beyond that, lately it seems as if there isn’t any down time between the periods of “stuff”… projects butt up against each other, leaving no space to reflect and report, much less to renew. I love all these projects. But I’m beginning to feel the inevitable fatigue that comes from multitasking long and hard. I think I need some time away. Eventually. Maybe after the next…hmmm…
Well. Anyway, thank you, Jon, for making writing one of the things you do. You inspire the rest of us, make us think and ponder, whether we make the time to tell you or not. Right now, I’m thinking that while it’s probably OK to not have words left after we get done doing things, if we never intentionally take time out to reflect, report and renew…I suspect the quality of what we’re doing may suffer.
I need to assess, from time to time: am I not writing because I’m busy “doing” out there, or am I not writing because I’ve really worn myself out? When I’ve had time to reflect on that, I hope I can write some more.