Intentional Writing

First of all, to all my readers, a very Happy New Year. I wish you many happy, quiet moments that refresh the mind and spirit, good friends that make you laugh, and abundant opportunities to help you reach your goals and dreams.

It is a new year, and once more, it’s time to make those resolutions. Or not. I think this year, instead of making a resolution or two…or a dozen, I’m going to re-think this whole resolution-making-tradition and settle my mind on setting an intention instead.

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Photo by Jennifer R Monroe. Saint Louis, Missouri

Last year, I watched a video that had a piece of advice in it that really stuck in my mind. The advice was to “follow the path of least resistance”. Doing so, the speaker argued, would lead me to my true calling and to success.  I suppose another way of saying it: when one door closes, another one opens…but if you can’t find any open doors, you’ve got to keep trying doors until you can make your way through.

During the last five weeks, I’ve been struggling with the internet connection. I’ve tried “knocking on a lot of doors” to try and get it to work on my desktop, but to no avail. In fact, Apple support is tired of me knocking on their door–and have all but told me to stop knocking on their door and to knock somewhere else.

Have you ever had the electricity go off in your home? Only then do you suddenly realize just how many daily activities require the use of electricity. Yes. Not having the ability to connect to my desktop, is evoking the same emotional responses.

(This blog post you’re reading has been brought to you by smoke signal. You only think you’re reading it on an electronic device, but that’s just an illusion.)

When the lights go out, maybe you light a candle and go back to basics to entertain yourself. Maybe the box puzzle at the back of the closet gets thought about again.

For me, not being able to navigate my creative resources has me thinking about those locked doors again. If I can’t do XYZ, then what does that leave me with?

Interestingly enough, it has left me with the thought that I’m being led down a path in search of the least resistance again, to the thing I should be doing more of: writing. I can at least work around the desktop and still write. (I lied about the smoke signal.) And writing makes me happy. And that, my friends, is the intention I’m setting for this year. To write more. To do more of what makes me happy. I have no excuses. Technically, it is achievable and arguably, perhaps all I need to be doing.

For now.

One thing I know about myself–for certain–is that if the dang doors don’t work, I’ll be checking the windows and searching for the drop-down ladder to the attic. I can’t be without my desktop indefinitely because I have creative projects in limbo.

These projects were in a pretty good place back in October before the tornado of change swept me away and I put them on hold to focus on a new job. Now that the dust has settled a bit, these projects still require a bit of spit and polish…and an internet connection…but I have taken the first step on the journey of a thousand miles with them, and I’m looking forward to sharing more details of these projects in the blog posts to follow. Because, my friends, this year, it’s all about writing with intention and internet or not, I’m ready to begin.

See you soon.