06 March 2005

Write or wrong

"That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do; not that the nature of the thing is changed, but our power to do is increased." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"Every principle God has revealed carries its own conviction of its truth to the human mind." (Brigham Young)

"If ye continue in my word then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (Holy Bible, John 8:31-32)

I'd really like to be writing about a remembrance I had today during church, but I will have to wait until tomorrow or later; sleep calls me. The quotes above are some I encountered this morning as I did some personal study in the quiet moments before Gram woke up. They impressed me with their rightness.

A scripture that was printed in today's sacrament meeting program also struck me, and seemed to point the finger of challenge in my face: 'Neglect not the gift that is in thee." (Holy Bible, 1 Timothy 4:14) The first and only thing that leapt into my mind at that moment was writing. I'm not asserting that I'm a great writer. I am saying that writing for me is usually a more reliable tool of clear communication than any other I possess. I feel most myself when I am writing regularly, and in so many ways it's a blessing to me. It helps me sort out my life, and find balance and peace. It helps me remember. It helps me know myself and make my plans and sometimes laugh when I get too bogged down. It's late now, and I won't explore this more, except to say that, in my opinion, writing and reading are sacred powers. I deeply appreciate the ability to do both. I feel in my guts the need to invest more time nurturing my gift for writing. It makes no sense to neglect something that consistently yields real joy and clarity, and also leaves a record of a life that's as important as any other. I want to get back to journalling, writing, corresponding, and yeah, even blogging here and there.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...


I feel the same way! I get kind of nostalgic when I think about how much I used to write in my journal (or how consistent I was), and how I'm so not consistent now. I want to be better. It seems to help me connect and feel whole, too.