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Ponderings: A walk helps fill the blank screen

At the core of my role with the IBOC, I’m a writer. When I sit down at the keyboard, I love to let the words flow. Sometimes, however, the words don’t come.

Maybe you’ve been there—that blank screen, with the blinking cursor daring you to fill it with great thoughts and ideas—yet your fingers are frozen over the home row.

When that happens, I turn to my tried and true yellow legal pad and favorite pen. The visceral scratch of pen on paper often gets things into gear.

If the pad and pen don’t work, it’s time to find inspiration elsewhere. Looking through a book of photographs, finding an inspirational playlist on my iPod or even a re-reading of my notes can often align the necessary neurons to get my brain and fingers connected.

But when all that fails, it’s time to get up and go for a walk. I usually hold this as a last resort (especially during the winter when it’s icy and cold), but it works pretty much every time. There’s something about that 10-minute trip around the block that shakes loose the clutter and gets me ready to write. One of my writing professors at school was a firm believer in getting up and walking away for a bit… a very valuable lesson. In any kind of creative work, taking a step away can work wonders.

In this issue of The Moravian Magazine, we provide more in-depth coverage of the Southern Province Synod of 2014. At that meeting in Black Mountain, N.C., the vitality and life of the Moravian Church shone through. In our July/August issue, we’ll do the same for our Northern Province Synod. This issue also celebrates a small congregation doing big things and a parsonage welcoming another generation.

As always, I hope you enjoy this issue of The Moravian and welcome your comments.

Peace.
Mike

PS: I just came back from a quick walk. And as I sat back down to write, this came together. Like I said, works (almost) every time…

 

From the June 2014 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts

10/21/2017

Saturday, October 21 — Psalm 119:49–56
Ezekiel 25:15–27:11; James 5:1–12

And now, O Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you. Psalm 39:7

Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” Luke 8:48

Lord, we are able to face the obstacles of life because of hope in you and your peace that passes all human understanding. Help us in our times of trouble to wait patiently on you to show us the direction we ought to go or the path we need to take. Thank you for caring for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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