Hello. My name is Deb. I am a writer who had stopped writing for almost a year. Rejection of one’s work is tough. After a particularly disappointing, “Thanks, but no thanks,” I lost my writing pepper. I just didn’t have the heart anymore, or so I thought. But that’s the thing about writing, if you are called to it, you can’t quit, not really. So, I’m back at my desk working on another book, working on a newspaper column I hope will be picked up, and how can I not go back to writing my blog, especially, right now in this craziest of times?
The Traveling Writing Room? Yeah, well. Those who follow me know I like writing from my little yellow camper as I travel around. Hence the name. Of course, since COVID-19 entered all of our lives, traveling around has halted. So, the TWR is tucked away in a cozy barn awaiting our next adventure. Only the Lord knows when that will be. However, we don’t have to be grounded if we don’t want to. No, I don’t mean shucking the shelter-at-home guidelines. There are other ways to travel, right?
I bet most of you have already found that out. Facetime, Zoom, Google Hangout, old fashion photo albums, texting, phoning, and has anyone gone back to letter writing? We faux-travel by making connections, keeping in touch, basking in the smiling faces of those we love. You are doing that, right?
Connections. I firmly believe it is the act of reaching out to each other that will save us. This crisis is like none we’ve ever experienced, at least in modern times. To keep sane, to keep it all in prospective, to calm the fear, to normalize, to be able to give back, all takes looking outward beyond ourselves. Even the most introverted of folks need connection sooner or later lest they succumb to becoming the center of their own universe. And, we all know that doesn’t work out well for anyone.
Of course, we must not forget the connection of the soul. The soul must be tended or it will grow silent. Our spiritual selves need attention as much as our emotional selves. A concentrated intentional focus on something greater than ourselves is a must if we are to survive the ravishing of COVID-19. Prayer. Scripture reading. Silence. Being still. Feeding the soul inspiration through art, books, and music that uplift and shield, all go hand-in-hand to shepherd us safely through to the other side of this crisis.
Faces. Connect with them. Soul. Tend to it. Be well. Be safe.