Inspiration from John O’Donohue

I have been reading the poet, philosopher, and priest, John O’Donohue. In his book, Bless the Space Between Us he writes in his essay on beginnings:

“To live a truly creative life, we always need to cast a critical look at where we presently are, attempting always to discern where we have become stagnant and where new beginnings might be ripening.”

Where have you become stagnant? For myself, I have become stagnant in my use of writing opportunities. Case in point, I have ten days off for holiday vacation from my day job. Today is day eight, but it is the first day I have sat down at my computer to write. I’m embarrassed to write that I have watched several seasons of a British murder series and put together two jigsaw puzzles, slept in every day, and haven’t spent appreciably more time with my wife or daughters than I do when I am working.

Still, I also read a lot and in that reading I noted a realization about the writing I want to do. I want my writing to have strong spiritual roots. I’m not talking about proselytizing or preaching, but I want to be brave enough to include compassion and forgiveness in my story lines without worrying about sounding old and out of touch.

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