Bearing Fruit

“And the wind said: “May you be as strong as the oak, yet flexible as the birch; may you stand tall as the redwood, live gracefully as the willow; and may you always bear fruit all your days on this earth.” Native American Prayer

I love this prayer, so simple and soulful. To my mind, it captures so many of the qualities we need as writers and we can make it our own:

May we be strong as oaks: It takes strength and stamina to be a writer. It’s not for the fainthearted! Time and again, we have to push through our comfort zone. As my good friend Coach Tully says so well: “Your dreams always lie outside your comfort zone.” It takes strength and will power to venture beyond the place where we feel safe and to move steadily forward toward our goals.

May we be flexible as the birch: Surely one of the most valuable assets we bring to our writing life is flexibility! We need to be open to the world. We need to be curious. We need to be resourceful and nimble when it comes to shaping our stories and our characters. And we need to be willing to explore all the pathways to publication with gusto.

May we stand tall as the redwood: Sometimes, as writers, we long to shrink into ourselves—to just sit and our desks and peck at our computers or push our pens across the page. We may feel that our work isn’t all that important in the scheme of things, that it’s just an echo in a world of shouts and stridency. Let’s remember that words matter! When we write from the heart, we have the power to move hearts. Let’s stand tall. Our pens are mighty!

May we live gracefully as the willow: May we find our natural rhythm and voice—and cultivate it gracefully and with joy. May we remember, as Keats tells us, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty”—and strive to bring more truth and beauty into the world with grace and style. May we hone our skills and improve our craft with love and devotion. May we find grace and and bring grace to our work and our writing life. And may we share our gifts and encouragement with generosity.

Be strong, flexible, tall, and graceful—what wonderful advice for us as creatives! When we bring these gifts to our writing, then surely, we’ll bear rich fruit all of our days. Write on!

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About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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