“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” Pema Chodron
Pema Chodron is a wise, well-beloved Buddhist teacher — and she knows the ways of the world. To be alive, to be engaged, to be fully aware of our surroundings, to be in the moment when creating, we must sacrifice the comfort and security that most of us crave.
As writers, we are both the mother bird and the baby — we literally throw ourselves out of the nest and we find the wings to fly. Being in the moment can be perilous, but for us, coming to the page with an open heart and open mind sparks our creativity.
Constantly challenging what we think and what others think is one of the tasks of the honest writer; we can never be totally content with our work: We are always striving, searching, and reaching beyond our grasp for the better word, the better idea, the better story, the deeper truth behind the story.
All this isn’t easy. Stepping out of our comfort zones isn’t easy. Always adventuring isn’t easy. Always honing our craft isn’t easy. And doing all this and then letting go, knowing that we can never attain perfection and releasing our work into the world — this isn’t easy either.
But, oh, consider the joys of it all!
Every day we enter the Land of Possibilities.
Every page is a world we create.
Every problem solved is a world repaired.
Every word is a step toward a mystery.
Every better word brings us closer to home.
Every idea reveals more about who we are.
Yes, we writers are little birds ever falling from our nests. And yet, what would we rather be? What would we rather do? Write on!
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