|Where the Pilgrimage Begins|
|A Walk in the Office|
|Writing with Eyes Wide Open|
|The Miracle House in Elmira|
|The Miracle Novel|
How can we write and not be grateful for the experience, the chance, the craft, the connections? I feel like the pilgrim who just caught sight of a group on the trail and when I arrive, delighted to find that they are also practitioners of gratitude. What a holy thing being grateful is. We silence the complaints, the white noise of the nightly news and we praise God for all things good.
Cultivating gratitude is a weekly commitment by a group of writers who recognize the transformative power of simple acknowledgments. Not only does it become a joy to seek out things to be grateful for, it is uplifting to read what others offer up in gratitude. I am happy to have discovered this weekly cultivation while on this pilgrimage to write, for really, it is about gratitude.
So today, I am listing seven gratitudes for this writing journey:
|Grateful to be a Writer!|
- My husband. I'm so grateful for a man who listens to my stories, believes in me as a writer and does the dishes for me when I'd rather write.
- I am so grateful for an incredible office, a space of dreams, a prayer answered. This place is a miracle to begin with, but to have space for all my writing dreams--room for my boxes of research, huge windows with incredible views, space for my huge oak desk, massive treadmill and future conference table...wow. How can I not be grateful everyday?
- Satellite Internet. Today, I take a deep breath and offer reconciliation through expressing gratitude. While you are slow beyond measure, you allow me to stay connected in a rural area. I am grateful that Internet can be had in the northern Rockies.
- Elmira Pond, how do I love thee? Thank you for the natural infusion you give my writing. I love your clarity, depth and harbor for migratory birds. You thrill me with osprey and tease me with bull frogs.
- Miracle of Ducks. I am grateful for my first manuscript and ever so grateful for those who encouraged my steps, especially to Aunt Maryanne and Uncle Roger who became the novel's first patrons so I can complete my revisions for readers (though I'm slow at revising).
- So, I am also grateful for revision. Painful to learn, frustrating to finish, but a great guide to the novel-writing process, teaching me that it's about more than a good story.
- Other writers. I am so grateful for your inspiration, encouragement, commitment to show up to the page, courage to write into truth and ability to communicate.