I Paused to Ask Myself…

Rose, single

What will you ask yourself?

I was just getting up from my computer to run to the next to-do on my list when I paused to ask myself, “Why aren’t you writing?” Not at the moment, but period.

I love to write. Understandably, if I play the comparative cards, I will estimate my words as less important than others—yet the one person (or more), the ones who may need them may–NEED them. Or me, what about me? Do I need a chance to ponder and play, resulting in words on a screen?

Yet endless reasons suggest I have no time or place.

When I queried about “What will you ask yourself?”—can you imagine the benefits? A painter doesn’t paint solely for the end product, though it is what they are obviously looking towards. A writer doesn’t just write to be published—or even read. A golfer doesn’t just golf for the score card highlights—we do what we do because we must!

Does what you love to do creatively or recreational feed you?

You bet it does! I could easily lay a case for the benefits. I could remind you of health, soundness of mind, emotional well-being, productivity, accomplishment, confidence, JOY, etc! But right now I am just coming to you with the challenge of the question, “Why aren’t you _______?”

Let me know if taking a moment to answer my own question may catapult you to sit at the potter’s wheel, off-road, ride your horse, count your chickens, or whatever brings you joy and peace.

God made us to take time create, to take joy in it as well as rest and recreate! For the time spent doing what you love will pay you and others back, if we allow it.


(The rose photo was a shot I caught as I noticed her loveliness as I was briskly walking by to visit someone. I paused only for a moment, grabbed my phone, focused on the beauty,,, and it filled me.)

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