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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.


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


Friday, March 23 — Psalm 38:9–16
Exodus 29:1–30; Matthew 26:1–13

The commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes. Psalm 19:8

Jesus said, “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63

Dear Lord, we ask your blessing upon our churches today. The week ahead is a special one that provides the opportunity to remember the story of Holy Week—the journey Jesus took to the cross. Help us draw close to you to remember. Amen.

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