I am a daily blogger, or at least I have been for the past 700 days. So for me to be contemplating taking a break is a bit radical. At several points during my writing “Lessons in Gratitude” I nearly took a hiatus. I took almost two weeks off after 227 straight days of writing it; then I picked it back up on day 228 and didn’t look back, now some 699 postings later. I am now almost a full month into Consider This and am in the process of considering a hiatus for one primary purpose: I am undertaking a 28-day writing challenge in February that is going to draw heavily on the energy reserves that I normally use to produce this blog. Up to this point I’ve been too busy working on a variety of creative projects that I haven’t been able to even do the pre-readings necessary to get prepared for the writing challenge. I hope to find some time to get to it this week. After all, February arrives on Saturday.
It’s not like I’m going to go completely offline during February; in fact you’ll hardly notice I’m gone. What it means is that some of the pressure I feel to write a daily blog will be off while I turn my attention to another key writing project: my family history. One of the things that made me nervous about no longer writing a daily blog was that without the pressure of having to produce something each night I would lose my edge, the discipline to write every day. I also write a morning journal, which I’ve written each day for nearly two years; but there’s a different type of expectation when something is being published and put “out there” for the public. In times past when I’ve contemplated quitting, I hear from a small but vocal fan base encouraging me to keep writing (you know who you are.)
So over the next several weeks my blog posting will be a bit more sporadic than usual; though I hope that when I do write you’ll join me here as usual and consider some of my reflections on a variety of subjects.
Tonight I got a very late start writing. I continue working on the project with my sister that I mentioned in yesterday’s blog. It has, as these things often do, taken on a life of its own, and while we made good progress on it today, we still have quite a bit of work left ahead. The project is nonetheless coming along rather well and I am enjoying working closely with my sister on it. Nevertheless, it is approaching midnight and with my regular wakeup time of 5:15 looming, I’d better prepare myself for sleep.
On this night, I want to share a prayer with you that my sister taught me a few years ago. It had come just when I needed something to quiet my distressed mind and ease my wounded heart so that I could take my rest. It continually reminds me not to get too bent out of shape at the long list of things I didn’t get done this weekend and to look forward to the new day that brings with it new opportunities for many good things. That is a great way to end this day and begin a new week. Today may we all be free from suffering and the causes of suffering. May we know true happiness and peace and experience the fruits thereof. May it be so for us all, Amen!
Lord,it is night. The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.
It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done;
let it be.
The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all dear to us,and all who have no peace.
The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys, new possibilities.
In your name we pray. Amen.From the New Zealand Prayer Book, 1987