A Message from the President: Summer, 2014

I have been stumbling on my writing path. Actually, there are many paths that trip me up; better health, solid relationships, clean fun. But since this is the Writers Forum, to stay on topic, I will tread the path to better writing.

And there is no better place to start than with my Spiritual Fitness. It is said that Spiritual Fitness is not what you do, but who you are. Wise words, me thinks.

“Spirituality is not about being perfect but about aspiring to a life of heart-filled integrity. It is a journey and not a destination. When we are spiritually fit and balanced we are a powerfully exquisite blend of human fallibility and divine perfection. It is this dynamic tension that gives us our uniqueness, our power to create and our compassion.” — Caroline Reynolds

“Learn how to meditate on paper. Drawing and writing are forms of meditation.” — Thomas Merton

“I am writing this not to many, but to you: certainly we are a great enough audience for each other. (Haec ego non multis (scribo), sed tibi: satis enim magnum alter alteri theatrum sumus).” — Epicurus

“Spiritual” potential resonates in anyone who is willing to be moved. We can actually be moved fairly easily: compelling plots, lovable characters or eloquent literary craftsmanship are sometimes enough to hit the spot. But when was the last time you found yourself nodding your head feverishly every time you turned a page of a novel, or clapped your hands and cried, “Yes! Yes!” at a book’s perfectly crafted argument? That is the power of good writing: to compel human beings to fall in love with black blots of ink shaped in a peculiarly ordered way. Is it any wonder why Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s adage “The pen is mightier than the sword” is a line more famous than the actual play he wrote it for? And is it any wonder that Napoleon once remarked, “Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets”? — attributed to http://newlotus.buddhistdoor.com/en/news/d/17448

“And what, you ask, does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right.”
― Ray BradburyZen in the Art of Writing

Ok, enuf quotes! Hopefully you get my drift. I need to get unstuck, since it is all “in my head.” Have a great remainder of Summer Writing.


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