“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.” Ursula K. Le Guin
How good it is also, to remember this powerful truth! While it helps to have a major writing goal — “an end to journey toward” — it’s also so important to take pleasure in pursuing the end we envision.
And yet, how often we get entangled in whatever desire it is we are working toward. We may march ruthlessly toward it or stumble along hoping to find it, but forget let the journey itself guide and lead us.
Taking joy in our writing journey brings us so many gifts:
Joyful journeying sparks our curiosity and wonder — and these can open the door to amazing insights we can bring to the page.
Joyful journeying lets us set aside the worries and distractions that can keep us from our best work. When we take pleasure, we find calm.
Joyful journeying makes every new day a voyage of discovery. We have no idea where the day’s work will take us — so we surrender to it.
Joyful journeying primes our pump: When we come to the page feeling blessed and grateful, we open our hearts and minds to the moment.
It’s easy to feel that we don’t have enough, that we lack what we need to do the work we want to do — it keeps us in our comfort zone. When we give in to these feelings, we don’t push ourselves to grow and change.
But when we bring joy to the page, we give ourselves wings. We give ourselves the chance to explore, to play, to be creative.
Lack and scarcity or joy and abundance — the choice is ours. Let’s choose joy today as we all write on!
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