finishing # 57 ready for # 58
|Essentials for my morning writing.|
These journals have opened me to deeper creativity. They help me work through anger, grief, separation, sadness as well as reminding me of the joy, grace, peace, and gratitude for the goodness in my life. When I began this writing, I was simply hoping it would open my creative block. What I discovered was that it opened me to more than just my creative ideas. It has moved me to be more present, open and receptive to the world in which I live. It has deepened my faith, and taught me about quiet meditation, and sometimes, simply silence. I am present more, listen more, see more, and find simple joy is every day. And sometimes a journal almost speaks to me out loud. The journal I was writing in when my marriage fell apart-- literally came apart at the seam, and the cover fell off. I held it all together with a rubber band and some gross grain ribbon until I had written on every page and could move on to the next one.
It was never in my plan to continue the journal writing this long. I had never been one to keep up with diaries and journals. Somewhere along the way, it has become a habit. I write almost every morning. If Emma sleeps over, there is no early morning quiet time. When I go to worship Sunday mornings, I leave the house earlier than on weekdays...and I have not gotten into the habit of getting up earlier so that I can write. Sunday my writing happens in the afternoon. But my favorite time is to write first thing in the morning.
I love my morning ritual. I think it helps my day begin well, and continue even better. My favorite Parker Pen, blue ink, medium point, to paper. My cat Zoey by my side. Good coffee, a quilt on my lap and the quiet that begins the very best of my days. ~~~Rachel