Go! But my mind is blank. Where so many thoughts were only moments ago the immediate pressure to write something NOW for 10 minutes straight has pushed all thought to some hidden recess where it remains out of sight behind a blank wall. It’s getting past that wall — of fear, mainly, of one sort of another — that is the trick of writing something authentic, interesting, meaningful. And it’s getting past that wall, that I myself, or some part of me, erected, that’s the very hardest thing for me to do. Even harder than “finding the time” to write.
Where does time go? It’s always here, always the same, but despite my best intentions I manage to waste plenty of it. I moved a few months ago to a home that’s 30 minutes closer to my office, thus saving myself at least an hour a day in commuting. But it isn’t as if I’m an hour more productive, or I’ve “found” an hour that I can now use for my writing, or my errands, or anything else. Sure I love my new, shorter commute. But as to what I’ve done with my extra time, I couldn’t begin to tell you. Despite multiple organizational tools I haven’t managed to better organize myself. I do make lists to check off, and I remind myself to “Be Mindful” and “Live in the Moment” but so far none of that has helped. What do you do to make the most of your day? The most of your life? That’s what most of us want, isn’t it? To feel as if we’ve lived the best life we can. For me, it’s wanting to do God’s will. To use the talents I’ve been given, whatever those are, to their best purpose.
I watch my newly hatched adult children as they make their way into the world, struggling to know what it is they should be doing, and I cannot help because here I am 30+ years their senior and still struggling with the very same thing. I have no words of wisdom for them. Well, that doesn’t stop my from trying to give advice, but I know how easy it is to give advice, and even how easy it is to hear what you know must be good advice and have every intention of living by it but somehow despite those good intentions letting life slip on by without somehow managing to live it the way you really, really intend to live it. Just making it through the day and giving each moment what you can, even though sometimes you don’t have much at all to give.
That’s my 10 minutes. Guess some words escaped over the wall and made it into writing, after all!