September 26, 2012

If you have something to say, Say it...

Should be easy, right?

Especially for the little girl who always got her name on the board and a "B" for her weekly conduct grade for talking.

I often feel like there are so many thoughts pinging around in my mind that I find it hard to stop, grab one concrete idea and write about it in a coherent way.  It can be frustrating to feel like I have thoughts to share, but they seem so new that I cannot express them well.  I will even start posts and delete them.  Then I think, "Why did I do that?!"  Am I striving for perfection?  Am I too worried about what other people think?  Why can't I just sit down, be inspired and type?  And sometimes...well...I just don't really have anything to say.  I just want to hear from someone else.

When I am in need of inspiration, I usually go to a few "places" - my favorite blogs, the Bible or one of my old journals.  Taking time to read others' thoughts, the Word or reflect on the ways I have grown by reading my own writing often encourages me.

Yesterday, I came upon one of my dear friends' mother's blog, Mediation in the Night Watch.  Mrs. Walton posted on seasons of quiet and how often the world and others can view our times of growth as unproductive.  Here is a beautiful paragraph excerpt:

"We sell ourselves short when we fail to embrace the opportunities that come to us in times of waiting.  The setting of buds for the coming spring happens without any outward sign that work is taking place.  We, too, can prepare for the next season by anticipating what is needed and making time to seek direction."

(Read the whole post here)

So maybe the days where I feel like I have so little (or so much) to say that I cannot write are...good.  Perhaps I should invite those times, be thankful for them and record snippets of thoughts that aren't perfectly well-thought posts then follow up by quiet time, thinking and prayer.  One of my favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 30:15:

"In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength."

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