Clearing the Glass

Alrighty then, I’m ready to get started. First WordPress blog post, here we go…

I started a blog a couple years ago, one with a very specific theme. And get this, I’ve written a whopping four posts there. But, I’ll keep it up and running, if not for the simple fact that women keep pinning it on Pinterest for its “Creativity Retreat” ideas. If I delete it, I can’t stand the thought of some poor woman planning a women’s retreat, searching for fun ideas, eagerly clicking on the link to my site, only to find it no longer in existence. So, that’s not going to happen.

But THIS blog…THIS is my space and place in which to write whenever the urge strikes me, about whatever needs to come out of my heart and mind. My biggest struggle, I can already tell, is going to be perfectionism and over editing with this blog (because, good night! the entire blogosphere is open to reading my words – authors, English teachers, the grammar police!). Sooo, I tell myself to fuhgeddaboudit – write off-the-cuff, from the heart. And if you detect too much polishing going on here, please slap me and yell LIGHTEN UP!

I was reading an article on ScribblePreach (here) the other day, where the author quoted Charles Spurgeon. As Nicholas McDonald says in this post, this was written to preachers, but it certainly applies to the written word, as well.

“We are not sent into the world to build a Crystal Palace in which to set out works of art and elegancies of fashion…Some men…

are grievously in error if they think they thus manifest their own wisdom, or benefit their hearers…The best light comes from the clearest glass. Too much paint keeps out the sun. Our Lord’s parables were as simple as tales for children, and as naturally beautiful as the lilies that sprang up in the valleys where he taught people…

His parables were like himself and his surroundings…and were never strained, fantastic, pedantic or artificial. Let us imitate him, for we shall never find a model more complete, or more suitable to the present age.” ~Charles Spurgeon

I have no crystal palace to build, no amazing work of art to display, and no wisdom of my own to manifest. May I keep the glass clear, the story simple, and the message beautiful in its truest form.

And may I write a post more often than once a year.

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3 responses to “Clearing the Glass

  1. So glad you’re doing this! And by the way, anyone who would comment to criticize your grammar is completely missing the point! 🙂 Here’s to keeping it simple and honest.

    Here’s what Brene Brown says about perfectionism (from Oprah.com–it’s long but worth quoting):

    3. Perfectionism Is Not About Striving for Excellence

    For some of us (including me), what I’m about to say is horrifying: Perfectionism is not about achievement and growth. Perfectionism is the belief that if we live perfectly, look perfectly and act perfectly, we can avoid the pain of blame, judgment and shame.

    Most perfectionists (also including me) grew up being praised for achievement and performance in our grades, manners and appearance. Somewhere along the way, we adopted this dangerous and debilitating belief system: I am what I accomplish and how well I accomplish it. A ticker tape began to stream through our heads: Please. Perform. Perfect.

    Healthy striving, meanwhile, focuses on you. It occurs when you ask yourself, “How can I improve?” Perfectionism keeps the focus on others. It occurs when you ask, “What will they think?” Research, unfortunately, shows that perfectionism hampers success and often leads to depression, anxiety, addiction and missed opportunities, due to fears of putting anything out in the world that could be imperfect or disappoint others. It’s a 20-ton shield that we lug around thinking it will protect us when, in fact, it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from taking flight. Another way to think about it? Consider Leonard Cohen’s song “Anthem,” which says, “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

    (http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Life-Lessons-We-All-Need-to-Learn-Brene-Brown)

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