If you slow things down, you notice things you hadn’t seen before. Robert Wilson
Recently I asked for some feedback on my Facebook page concerning topics for Write 31 Days. I’ve participated in the online writing challenge every October since 2012. If you click on Write 31 Days on the navigation bar at the top you will be able to see those series.
I was given great feedback from those of you that participated in my informal survey. In fact I discovered that our hearts were pretty much aligned as your top two topics were also my top two. I chose the one about all the houses that built me.
I started gathering pictures and interviewed my dad about the early homes. I started a folder in my documents to house my collection. Then, I finally listened to the still small voice that was telling me NOT to do the 31 days this year. Every time I sat down to my computer to write I wasn’t able to pull my thoughts together. I kept feeling the nudge and finally had to accept that this is not my year to participate.
I’m in a season of slow right now. There is no use fighting the reality. Some things are not negotiable. My mom and dad need my support right now. I have to take care of my health. Many days that is all I accomplish. My husband is my biggest support and he takes up a lot of the slack. We all need margin in our lives and tackling this challenge right now would not leave enough margin.
So, what does that mean? I am still committed to the series and will be preparing to launch it on the blog, hopefully sometime after the New Year. I think it will make a cozy winter series that you can read while curled up by the fire with a warm cup of something to savor.
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Slowing in grace,
3 thoughts on “I’m In A Season of Slow”
I hear ya’, Teresa. It didn’t take much for me to say ‘no way’ to 31 days this year. And honestly, I don’t miss it a bit. Way too much self-imposed pressure to perform and I ended up exhausted every time I did it.
I guess I’d rather write when the Spirit moves … and I have something to say.
It’s good to see you out and about again! Truly!
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It has been liberating not to feel the pressure this year. Instead on my facebook page from time to time I have linked to posts from other years, so that people can read something I’ve written while I’m going slow. Hope you are feeling well today.
I understand where you’re coming from. I need a season of slow in my life, but now is not the time for it with all the unpacking I still need to do. I’m enjoying participating in the 31 Days Writing Challenge, but it is waay more time-consuming than one would think. Still, I’m glad I’m pushing myself. Take care of yourself, and be assured that I’m happy to read anything you write whenever you have time for it.