My apologies to the author of the following statement: Life is messy. Writing takes the focus off the mess and puts it to good use. I don’t recall if I saw it on Facebook or Twitter or where. I’d attribute it to the author if I knew. It took awhile for the impact of the statement to hit me, and by then it was too late to trace where it came from.
The statement may have been made tongue-in-cheek. It sounds a little like the sort of thing we writers say to kid one another about our craft.
Tongue-in-cheek or not, it is truly a meaningful thought. Think about what has gone on in your life today, or this week. Did everything flow smoothly from one item of your life to the next? I doubt it.
The newspaper was late. You forgot to set the coffeemaker to come on this morning, so you had to wait for it. One of the kids left a bicycle in the driveway behind your car, and you didn’t see it.
Just think back. I’m sure you can come up with numerous little things that did not go as you wanted or expected. Life is messy.
The old saying, when life deals you a lemon, make lemonade, is what we’re talking about here. Well, I don’t like lemonade, but you get the idea.
If you have a couple of kids who manage to outmaneuver you most of the time, write a book about how one of them got his tongue stuck on the frozen minivan. Look for the humor in things that happen to you and write a book or a blog about it. Or look at the deep life lessons you learned from some experience and write about that.
If life were all smooth sailing, where would we get our ideas for blogs and books and other writing? We might have to steal an idea from another writer as I did for this post.
What has happened to you lately that would make a good story for a blog or a book or at least a short story? What do you do when these little mishaps come up?
WANA: We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.
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Hi David: Oh the mishaps of life. I’ve stopped measuring them on any scale as it normally has to do with my own mental state as to if I can tumble with what is going on or is something that must have attention immediately.
Many of my mishaps I’ve turned into my ‘Slice of Life’ blogs – many of them frustrating situations at the time – but I can laugh about them now. Others are slices of my life that I don’t laugh about and find extremely painful. I journal daily and this allows me to take these nuggets out and examine them one at a time when I’m in a proper frame of mind. Great topic.
Good for you, Sheri. I tried journaling one time, but I didn’t keep it up long. Just lost interest.
I like this blog, David. Come to think of it, just about every attempt I’ve made at writing has been triggered by one of life’s messes.
I think that’s frequently true of writers in general, Sis.
All I can say is that the ups and downs of life make it more interesting and challenging and provide more fodder for gossips and writers.
Right, Sharon, and we need to take the downs and draw something positive from them.