No Need

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According to Anne Lamott, “December is traditionally a bad month for writing.” And I’m inclined to agree. I’ve had to surrender to life lately because it is so very full. The Christmas countdown is on, and I’m doing my annual scramble, though with less anxiety than usual. I’ve let the Christmas cards fall to the wayside this year because something’s got to give. I’m working on some special gifts for my parents, and that’s where my energy is going, to these quieter, more important projects. Writing–even these mundane, surface-y posts–helps me focus, identify priorities amidst the competing swirl. My output here is not so grand or deep. It’s more about the practice of staring at the blank page and getting the words down, constructing sentences, following a thought, discovering what comes next. It’s an inward looking. This morning I scribbled this Virginia Woolf quote into my notebook, a mantra for the hectic month: “No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.”

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2 thoughts on “No Need”

  1. It’s great to hear you’re less anxious this season. What’s meant to be a special time so often becomes a huge stress; I know my mom is currently stressed to the max about “getting it all done”. And I loved that Virginia Woolf quote, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Like Tara I love hearing that you’re less anxious. I’m also curious about the gifts you are making. It’s so exciting to hear how just checking in with yourself on the page each day keeps you centered and focusing on what really matters.

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