The Rite To Write

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What do you like most about your writing?
#Bloganuary writing prompt

I talk a lot – it was my job as a sky-pilot (what Ozzies call a pastor). It came second to listening a lot. Most of my talk was in a teaching/preaching situation, some times through the week and several times on Sundays.

In order to talk meaningfully in this way, one must have one’s thoughts in order. Writing was how I did it. I often enjoyed the process, even when unsatisfied with the result. Somehow the action of writing gets my monkey-mind on track and things fall into place more clearly. Even when drawing the process to a conclusion, however, there’s always a sense of more. The topic is not exhausted and remains open-ended in an ever-expanding sense of wonder. I have years of manuscripts of sermons and lessons collected over the years, but have rarely been back to them. When I do pull one out and read it, it seems like the words, though familiar, were written by a stranger. I’ve moved on into fresh ways of discovery and articulation.

I guess this is why I still write. The process is centering and meditative. I don’t talk as much as I used to. But the process goes on!

Published by wonderingpilgrim

Not really retired but reshaped and reshaping. Now a pilgrim at large ready to engage with what each day brings.

3 thoughts on “The Rite To Write

  1. Resonates strongly, I followed a similar way of prep. I too have a sense of moving on, mine seem like cold dinner now, a lost meaning as I reach for new horizons. Really enjoyed this connect.

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    1. An unsettling phenomenon, in my experience. I know it was worthwhile at the time but it seems to belong back there, There are even some great treasures back there (as in “Wow, did I write that? How wise!”) But that’s where they belong. A fresh day requires fresh application, it seems,


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