On Writing

If one of your goals is to write a book, then start writing. It doesn’t matter how good you think it is. In fact, your inner critic is gonna raise hell with you when you start writing. It’s what the human mind does. It’s gonna say “who do you think you are, trying to write a book?”

It’s gonna tell you that you need to edit as you write. Do not fall prey to that temptation. It will stop you from creating, from telling your story. You can always go back and edit later.

We are all storytellers. We all have something to say.

What if part of your legacy is to tell your story in written form? What if it’s fiction? Any good work of fiction is based on characters that are known to you, most especially you.

Even if you have no desire to write a book, write something. A short story. A poem. A letter. Keep a journal. Write a note. (Who doesn’t love getting handwritten notes)? But write! It’s good for your soul.

I used to keep handwritten journals. Lots of them. My thinking was that, after I’m gone, my kids will be able to read them. But now, with the digital age, most of my journal keeping is done on a private online app. Which means I’ll probably have to write down the password and put it in a sealed envelope to be opened after my demise.

Either way, they’ll know things about me that they didn’t know. Kinda cool.

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

 

 

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Someday Sedona

After my first visit to Sedona in 1997, I knew there was something magical about it. I didn’t want to leave, but was able to go back again a couple more times. Remnants of it will always be with me.

Recently, I found the piece I wrote after that first visit ….

SOMEDAY SEDONA

I saw you only once, yet I’ve always known you.

There in my soul you drift, keeping watch, beckoning.

Many have hiked your trails, ascended your bluffs.

Searching the awe of your seduction and finding stillness of self.

My time will come for you to hold me in your embrace.

I hear your whispers, know the breath of your kiss.

Someday, Sedona … I will come to you.

©Regina Arnold

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Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’

Things That Are Yearned For – Desiderata

When I first read the Desiderata poem as a sophomore in high school, I remember thinking that it had nothing to do with typing.  You see, it was introduced to us in typing class by a visionary teacher named Miss Young.  She was a tough instructor, walking through that classroom peering over our shoulders to see if we were looking down at the keys as we typed away on those old Underwoods.  Yes, even though the new electric typewriters were out and used in other classes, Miss Young was insistent that we learn on a standard typewriter.  To this day, I love her for that.

But I digress.  The reason, as she explained to our underdeveloped minds, that she brought Desiderata to our attention was that it means “things that are yearned for.”  She further explained that we must pursue what feels right to us; what brings us joy; what our hearts tell us…not our heads. And yet there we were, taking classes that would help us be better business people.  Seems like a dichotomy, doesn’t it?  But not really.

I wouldn’t be able to create my blog and take photographs, both of which I love to do, if it weren’t for her teaching me to type.  And I got many a good job that I loved because I listened to my heart and took some risks.  And, as far as that goes, it didn’t hurt that I also had a wonderful English teacher.  But I’ll leave that story for another day.

In the meantime, if you’re so inclined, read Desiderata.  It sure has a lot of meaning these days … now more than ever.  The image below is one I found in my archives of a painting that hangs in our spare room.  Seems fitting to accompany this beautiful poem by Max Ehrmann:

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DESIDERATA

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is perennial as the grass.

Take kindly to the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann c.1920