Tuesday, February 24, 2015

24 February 2015

Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It's like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can't stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship.   [Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life]

I feel awkward writing. I feel like someone moved the keys around and it’s always a risk to hit one or another and discover they are NOT what I’d expected.

So, I have been “reading” more. NOT books, but stories told in movies or even television series. My eyes are still wonky from chemo, so this form of “reading” works for me.

I am spending this Time wisely, I think. I am BEing gentle and even a bit indulgent. I am letting myself off the hook of Expectation.

I am recharging my Spirit.

I love you, Currie


Rita said...

I often "read" that way, too. But it's because I can feel so weak and my bum arm hurts just to hold a book or a kindle--LOL! Lots of great stories out there and information and travel to places I will never see otherwise. You need to be kind and generous to yourself. Recharging is essential. :)

Carol said...

It's a gentle way to read and we all indulge in it. Often I don't even watch , I just listen. Following the story with my ears. Drives the husband nuttier :) Funny thing is though when I try ti listen to books I can't stay focused on them and zone out completely.
Take care of yourself as you must and know that you are never alone .Sending Love and Strength and Healing of Spirit.