Natalie Goldberg, author of books like Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind, made a comment I think applies to living as well as to writing. Her quote begins with another quote, showing how much we learn from all the souls around us. ” ‘If you want to write, you have to be willing to be disturbed.’ [Kate Green, author of Shattered Moon and Night Angel] Pretty good. It’s true. Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to think about… Be willing to be split open.”
It sounds like a terrifying prospect. I invite you to see the lighter side of this invitation. Being disturbed is akin to sand being stirred by a stick. Seek the treasures in your life that are hidden by everyday minutiae. Once you’ve found the treasure, show it off. What’s the point of hiding it away? Even Ebeneezer Scrooge learned to let go.
Wishing you the best this evening,