I confess this first post is for me. I will likely need to revisit it in the future to find encouragement in why I felt it important to express my thoughts to the world. In the end, I do not want to contribute to this notion.
I find my self writing now for 3 significant reasons.
- Writing is a good thing.
- Surprisingly, more people are interested in what I have to say.
- Writing is a habit I want to form and what better time then Lent.
I have a bias towards non-fiction writing. In particular, I like a good biography. As I have read the lives of savory (and less savory) folks, I find myself wondering how so much is known about the lives of people that have shaped history. It then dawns on me, that many of my hero’s were meticulous note takers of their own lives. Rockefeller kept a personal ledger on him at all times. Ego likely compelled many to document their lives, but I also think they understood the value of writing out your thoughts. Written thoughts are easier to remember and much easier to manipulate into a plan. And, writing is a window to our own mind and therefore a tool for creativity. Julie Cameron sings the praises of writing in Artist Way, a book on recovering creativity. She prescribes 3 long hand pages every morning before you do anything else.
The corollary to this point is that writing is not my forte’. I have hidden too long behind my degrees in engineering as a reason for my inability to accurately capture a thought in media. I am 10 years removed from solving a differential equation and now in an industry that relies on telling stories. It is time to refine my skills in the fire of “comments”. Critique is welcome on the writing itself and the content.
Writing is an important practice, but why am I compelled to share my ponderings. Lately, I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of people who want to share their ideas with me. I have been even more surprised when they ask what I think. A couple of things have happened in these conversations. I find myself repeating anecdotes and thoughts, and I realize that what I think might have value to other people. My writing will increase efficiency and may benefit more people. Not to mention a few people I respect have been giving friendly nudges to put some thoughts down. I assume this is so they can respond or include it in their own philosophical rhetoric.
Writing will help me and it may help others, but why start now? I am quite late to the blog-o-sphere but I recognize that our current age runs on Google juice. Blogs provide the nectar of that juice. Furthermore, last Wednesday marked the start of Lent. One of my take-aways from Lent is the notion that prior to fulfilling his passion, Jesus spent a duration of time fasting and studying. Even the son of God took a moment to shape his destiny by developing habits. What I find interesting is that we often highlight the sacrifice (fasting) and not the addition (study). Good discipline is BOTH removing excesses and adding healthy activity. I seek to add a good habit this year. I hope you enjoy.
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