“I heard a preacher say recently that hope is a revolutionary patience; let me add that so is being a writer. Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”
― Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
It’s not unusual for me to wake up before 6:00 am and tiptoe down to this desk, in the dark. I sit and sit, and write a little. I try and punctuate my days here, by pondering faith, love and all that is still very holy about this world (lest I forget), until the house comes alive and this space of quiet meditation becomes a hub of familial action.
Here is where spelling lists are reviewed and permission slips signed. Here is where I turn when someone asks, “Are you free on Thursday?” Our calendar hangs to the left of the central computer; to the right of it is a huge file cabinet with four drawers – one for each Sabourin kid. I spontaneously pray at this desk, near ceaselessly, for patience, gratitude and guidance.
I’ve been talking with my oldest about work. He likes to write, short stories, screenplays, graphic novels, and he’s good at it. What he wrestles with, however, like most people his age, or any age, is dogged persistence. It’s hard to compete these days with the attention luring devices keeping our minds all addicted to being stimulated and entertained. Boredom and stillness become the enemy, then, rather than the fertile ground for creativity and reflection they truly are – if only we’d get past our fear of them.
“You get this one life,” I told my son, “to either seize or squander.” The narrow path is hard, so very, very challenging, and humbling, but leads to salvation, which is the opposite of numbness, pettiness, slothfulness, gaudiness and joylessness. Go on and get your hands dirty, your brow sweaty, son, unearthing the beauty and enlightenment that lies deep beneath the surface!
“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”
- Stephen King
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