Step One: Settling the mind. I'm so used to my mind operating at 110% that it's hard to get that level down. So I spent a few days fretting over whether I forgot anything before I finally accepted (with the help of prayer, of course) that I've done all I can for now, and it's time to let go.
Step Two: Boredom. Life without writing is boring! So I continued to rack my brain - perhaps I could write short stories? Or maybe start another work? It didn't take long to realize that the muse has left the brain for a vacation of his own. I've drawn all I can from the creative well, and the only way to replenish it is to take a break and simply live.
Step Three: Acceptance. Realizing that all I've written so far has been inspired by my true life. There's a time to create and a time to "take it in," and this is a season to replenish the well. The best way to be the best writer I can be is to let it go sometimes and simply live.
Which is what I've been doing this week. And once I opened my eyes to everyday life, I saw there are blessings everywhere that we usually take for granted in our rush through the business of life. It's amazing, really, when you slow down to see how many little things really make life amazing. And perhaps it's the "writing brain" taking it in that makes simple things like a second cup of coffee in the morning, a conversation with a friend, a good lunch, sitting on the porch listening to and watching birds and squirrels, watering plants, or getting back to book reviewing seem so amazing.
Too many people save their gratitude and celebrating for the big stuff, but remember that we're not to despise the day of small things. Do you realize that the small things are what make up most of life? Do you appreciate them? Why not try to slow down and take it in today?
That's all today. Take care, and have a wonderful weekend.