Friday, October 21, 2005


I wonder if writing can be a form of meditation.

For some time now I have had a growing feeling that has tugged at my mind to be put into conscious thought. This embryonic feeling became a solid realization last night while browsing art galleries.

I find writing, even bad writing, to be hard labor. I've never enjoyed it. However, during the last few weeks I've looked forward to a period each evening when I write. In some way that I cannot explain rationally, it gives me a sense of hope, peace and optimism. It makes my life richer and more enjoyable.

Who is my audience? For whom am I writing? Myself! If others read and benefit from my posts then my life is enriched futher.

I am indebted to Rob for the following quotes.

"Nothing can bring you peace but yourself." -- Emerson

"Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man." -- Bacon

I think these summarize my experience. I find peace and happiness and contentment within myself and I become more aware of them when I bring them into focus and make them exact by putting them into written form.

I find life to be exponentially richer if I live it with passion and zest and risk. Writing is risky as I reveal myself but it gives expression to the passion and that is the reward.


Blogger Bob said...

Lord Acton said that one should learn as much from writing as from reading.
The philosopher Bryan Magee says,"I can sit and think for a while, but not for months on end -unless I write."

Incidentally, like you, I am enjoying writing my blog.I agree entirely with your comments about risk taking and zest.

10/22/2005 05:25:00 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Rob, once again I am indebted to you for these quotes and the spirit you radiate. Thank you.

10/22/2005 08:25:00 AM  

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