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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Daily Discipline of Writing

I have not always loved writing. In fact, I do not love writing. It is an unhappy love affair with only brief moments of satisfaction. But, I persist. And, it is good discipline for the mind to write daily.

From the age of six and into my twenties, I practiced piano daily (except for Sundays, when I played in church as I grew into my teens, or on vacations). Some days it was a despised chore and on others it was a pleasant escape – especially as I began to find music on my own that I loved playing. Since piano practice time had to be shared with my brother and two sisters, I often chose the morning slot at 6 a.m. in the morning.

I am calling on that imprinted practice of daily discipline, now. I probably won’t be up at 6 a.m. every morning, but I will try to make a habit of daily thought writing. I am sure that my reward will be remembering better what I’ve read, meditated on and prayed about – and even developing new ideas and connections or exploring concepts I’m writing about in longer format.

So … here goes!


  1. Maybe you need a narrowly defined topic, so you don't get totally overwhelmed. Maybe you could write only about... say, medieval dating practices. Or reviews of road signage. Or urban planning for nomads.

  2. You're right. Some days, my thought life is an open mine field. I was thinking of focusing on organic gardening practices of banana plantations in Fiji - so I could go there for research.