Muse rarely comes and finds us when we stare into a blank screen of a computer. In contrary, we need to find muse in our daily life amidst of doing chores and the chaos of ordinary.
This is the most valuable lesson I’ve learnt during the A to Z blogging challenge. My posts were inspired by whatever went on in my life: wedding anniversary, my son’s visit to the children’s hospital, my grandma’s birthday, my decision to offer 1:1 work to women to find their voice in life and on paper, etc. I learnt that when our feet are firmly planted in here and now, we can reach and touch extraordinary wisdom which is all around us.
My inspiration throughout April was a lime tree outside of my bedroom. It taught me a lot. Every time I take it in, it looks different. Here are a couple of photos of that tree so that you have a better sense of what I am on about.
So, when I look at this tree, I ask: can I approach my writing from a different angle? Can I see the events of my life I am writing about completely fresh? Watching this tree has become a sort of meditation for me. It’s my trigger to wake up and become more conscious from moment to moment.
Commitment and dedication can take us a long way. Muse alone can’t.
I joined the A to Z blogging challenge when my daughter was one month old. I made my way through the letters of the alphabet while dealing with a serious flu, tooth abscess and extraction, chicken pox scare, my son’s croup, Easter holiday with no nursery support, wedding anniversary, in other words while life was happening all the time. And it hit me: there never will be the right time to pursue my dreams. There is always something more urgent that demands my attention. Only commitment and dedication to writing can pave my path to the writing career. Muse alone can’t.
Focus and intention take us deeper into our investigation.
The theme I chose for the challenge was authenticity. One post about authenticity could be illuminating, but looking at this theme from different angles helped me drop deeper and deeper, bypassing my conscious mind, turning this enquiry into way of living rather than simply blogging. Even writing this blog post confirmed the value of exploring the same issue again and again. I’ve already written about the benefits of the blogging challenge on my writing and my life in the last April blog post, but these reflections took me a notch deeper.
Thank you for reading.