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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

12/16/2017

Saturday, December 16 — Psalm 144:1–4
Nahum 3; Habakkuk 1; Revelation 14:17–15:8

Woe to those who plan iniquity, because it is in their power to do it. Micah 2:1 (NIV)

Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant.” Mark 10:42–43

God of humanity and humility, teach us the way of gentleness. May we be servant leaders. May we overcome iniquity by the power of your love. Amen.

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