Although the word "unprecedented" has been used over and over, these truly are unprecedented days.
COVID-19. Social distancing. Sheltering in place. Job loss. Increased tension in the home.
And then add the current volatile climate of racial tension (even here in Canada) ...
We're heartbroken, angry, overwhelmed.
As writers, we may be tempted to put down our pens, to walk away from our computers. But as social media pro (and fellow believer) Tonya Kubo says, "We can't quit social media."
We must show up for our audience. We must give leadership to those who read our words ... even if what we lead them to do is listen to more informed voices than our own.
Typically, people would use these words to describe me: perky, talkative, upbeat, positive, encouraging. (And yes, I realize they may refer to me by other less complimentary terms as well, but that's okay.)
Right now, however, I don't feel all that upbeat or positive. But I am learning how to keep pushing forward when I want nothing more than to veg in front of the TV or consume novels.
Here are a dozen the things that will help. (Maybe they'll help you as well.)
- Dig into God's Word. He is the only one with all the answers.
- Pray more.
- Listen to praise and worship music and maybe, sing along. (Plus, do more chair dancing.)
- Connect with other Christians, if not in person, then via the Internet or phone.
- Stay connected with family and friends.
- Get more physical activity. (I've been walking more and doing resistance training again.)
- Eat better. (A healthy diet goes a long way to make us feel better not only physically but also emotionally and mentally.)
- Read or listen to books and podcasts that will educate and/or entertain. I am currently listening to Latasha Morrison's Be the Bridge.
- Take the next step, no matter how small, toward a bigger goal. (I enjoy Emily P. Freeman's podcast, "The Next Right Thing," and her book by the same name.)
- Get the rest you need. In Saundra Dalton-Smith's Sacred Rest, she discusses the seven types of rest we all need: physical rest, mental rest, emotional rest, spiritual rest, social rest, sensory rest, and creative rest. And speaking of creativity ...
- Get involved in other creative endeavours besides writing. I enjoy Bible journaling and taking photo walks. I haven't done either near enough.
- Trust that God's got this. I may have more questions than ever, but I can still trust Him. Romans 8:28 is still true.
Thankfully, I have editing clients. By helping them get their words ready for their audience, I am encouraged to keep writing as well.
I've begun a Facebook group, Nurture and Inspire, where I show up every day (thanks again to Tonya Kubo's encouragement and the positive feedback I receive from group members).
I write a book review for HopeStreamRadio most weeks. (I have to get a second review fired off this week. At least I'm not as far behind as I could be.)
I'm so thankful for my responsibilities with InScribe and my commitment to guest post on Janet Sketchley's blog each month. It keeps me writing.
I intend to indie publish the first book in my Nurture and Inspire series this year. I am currently reviewing it yet again. I've fired off the intro to a couple of individuals who will "give it to me straight."
It also helps immensely to belong to several writing and writing-related FB communities, not to mention the courses and summits I've signed up for.
Lord willing, I will push through. More importantly, I will shine in the darkness.
I'd love to hear how you're doing so.