Driving with the windows down as the sunlight warms my skin and the wind whips through my hair. Watching birds build a nest. Calling my Gram just to say hi. Watching my son's expressive face as he tells a story. Pointing out shapes in the clouds. Telling korny jokes with my son and rolling with laughter as my husband smiles and rolls his eyes. Closing my eyes and letting the notes of instrumental music take my imagination on a magical journey. Catch snowflakes on my tongue. Dance in the rain. Splash in a puddle.
As writers we can get so caught up in writing our story, promoting ourselves, or networking that we forget to simply stop and cherish the moments that made us want to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and write.
All writers should have a spot like this to just sit, look, and listen.
How long has it been since you sat, snuggled in a warm blanket, and watched snowflakes float lazily through the air to make piles on the ground or stood at the window and listened to the drum of rain drops hitting the grass? How long since you sat on the porch and listened to the rustle of leaves as a gentle breeze blows through or gloried in the innocent laughter of a child?
If you're like me, maybe you've let your busy life distract you from what's important. I challenge you to take a moment and do something simple. You never know when it'll inspire you to the next great story, help you get over writer's block, remind you of the power of God, or simply help you remember to enjoy the small things that make life so precious.
Happy writing and happy living!
I hope you enjoy this. It's one of my favorite things to do in the spring and autumn. What do you hear?