Recently I signed up for Kim Klassen’s class, Write | now. I love Kim, and everything she teaches is worthwhile. She is generous with her time and her talents. This class was FREE. I dutifully watched the video lessons each day, and I thought about what Kim shared . . . about dreaming and writing as if and about the wonderful twists and turns of life.
But I didn’t put pen to paper. In fact, I actively resisted the entire process. I showed up. And usually I’m all in, but this time I was skeptical.
I don’t quite know why. Or maybe I do, and I just don’t want to come face to face with those difficult feelings. I am grateful for all this life has given me—better than I deserve, more than I could have hoped for.
Am I greedy to want for more?
Here it is almost Christmas and I am overwhelmed by grace and goodness, and I think to myself . . . maybe it is okay to dream for more . . . maybe it’s okay to set about making this time of life about me.
What do I want to learn?
What can I give, teach, or share?
Where do I want to travel?
How can I live out my values and priorities?
Who will I keep by my side?
What things am I ready to say good-bye to and what new things will I welcome into my life?
Thank you for making time to be a part of this creative conversation, for being a part of my community. I am grateful for you.
I’ll leave you with these fine words from Naomi Ernest. If you haven’t signed up for Naomi’s newsletter, it’s the perfect gift to yourself.
In an interview a few years ago, I was asked the most important thing I’d learned in my career.
It’s still true, and it has both nothing and everything to do with creating. It is this:
Give yourself time. Care for your family. Serve others. Read often. Love daily. Keep a prayer on your heart. Fold laundry. Sing. Bake bread. Be kind to those who frustrate you. Wash dishes. Go for walks. Make your bed. And sometimes, don’t make your bed. Cook dinner. Sweep the floor. Make amends. Smile when you can. Cry when you must. Look at the stars. Let ideas simmer—creation comes when it is ready. Meanwhile, simply and humbly live.
And these thoughtful and tender prayers from Kim Klassen.