Writing is the only topic that appears in this list twice. On the 12th of the month, it is listed as a joy. On the 20th of the month, it is listed as something to pay attention to.
So writing, something I need to pay attention to.
First, it made this list because it is something I enjoy, but do not do for pleasure -or non-work-related endeavors, For the last week, this has changed, as I have blogged every day. However, in the most recent past, I have been really lax about the blog, even about journaling, which I was doing only slightly more than blogging. So at last week's Night of the Mothers, I had very little to give meat to my year. Where had it gone? It was lost in a soup of long days of work, bitterness, and physical pain. My regular calendar was full of work events and days bills were due. Even my We'Moon calendar just listed my useless menstrual calendar and my headaches, fibro flares, and toothaches. Only two entries on the calendar about something wonderful. So I vowed the next day to get a Slingshot organizer and therein to write things positive. However, it has sadly sat empty this week. It's time to change that. I don't want to be looking on 2013 as a lost bitter year.
Second, writing made the list of something to pay attention to because I want to get MUCH better at it. In the last year, I have developed less obsession with my own words. I can scratch out or hit the delete button with the best of them. I can do what Natalie Goldberg instructs, just wild free writing and hate it all and not be saddened by it. I am learning I have to exercise the writing muscle like any other and hopeful it will be lithe and limber some day, not arthritic and sedentary.
Third, writing made this list of something to pay attention to because I would love to do it more. I still have hopes that someday I will be able to make a little money at it and not have to work such long hours for someone else, or at least be in a life situation that supports me having time to write. I don't want to be sneaking off furtively to do it forever.
Fourth, writing made this list for an interesting reason. When I write, I am get along better with others. It makes me feel okay about truly being an introvert at heart. When I write, it is perfectly fine to see human interaction as a social experiment, interesting but not devastating. It helps me get distance between me and my temper, or my need to think aloud, or blurt out every thought that enters my head. (This last habit gets me into alot of trouble, let me tell you.) When I write, it's okay for me to be a curmudgeon or for me to like people globally but be misanthropic on a personal level. Well, it may not be okay, but it can make for slightly entertaining writing product. When I write, I can take time to parse and present my words, thoughts and intended deeds in a format that is more palatable, understood, and even more acceptable. It shuts up my monkey mind in a kind way, and yet still lets my cerebral chimp have its say.
Yes, I need to pay more attention to writing. I need to journal more, keep on blogging. No one may ever read the blog, but at least I am actively putting words together. And that, my friends, is like wordy sit-ups.