What’s that song? “Back in the Saddle Again?” Yeah, that’s it.
I’ve been away since last Wednesday, taking the refreshment break I mentioned, trading the trickle of my deck’s water garden for the roar of the Similkameen River. My w.i.p. didn’t accompany me, but I wrote every day and took more than 150 photos, experimenting with my new camera.
Breaks are good and necessary things, especially when it comes to nurturing creativity. We can’t keep drawing from the well without refilling it. Eventually we’re drained dry.
Each of us has our unique way of replenishing enthusiasm for the task. I’ve mentioned before how I like to sit by the ocean and hear the waves pound in. There was no salty water in close proximity last week, but the wild river water was a wonderful substitute. Everywhere I wandered, clicking the shutter at all the wonders scattered about, the roar accompanied me – it overpowered all other sounds, including the arguments I’d been having with myself.
Creation’s beauty was everywhere but within the beauty was a reminder that it takes more than enthusiasm to get a job done. It takes hard work. Learning, dreaming, even planning, are all part of the writing process. But unless we begin getting the words onto a page, and keep putting them there until the whole story is told, nothing is really accomplished.
So yes, I’m back in the saddle again, renewed and ready to continue the task at hand. How about you? If you have a viable dream, are you working to make it a reality, or just daydreaming about possibilities?
“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God.”
[Psalm 40:3a KJV]
“I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart;
I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.”
[Psalm 9:1 KJV]