This post is written to link with an online discussion at katemotaung.com on the book “On Being A Writer” by Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig. Today I’m posting on Chapter 12: Limit- Because I write, I let some things go.
This chapter challenged me a lot. As I began to consider the list of things I am involved in, I realised it is pretty long, and it made me wonder if there are some things I should be limiting. I identify with Ann’s words in the book where she describes free time as being “filled with options that feel endless” and writes that “voracious curiosity… entices me to do it all.”
It’s true- there is just so much I want to do, and the list continues to grow. On the one hand, I love the variety of being involved in lots of different activities, but on the other hand there are only so many hours in the day and maybe I should be limiting certain things in order to focus on others.
I think there are some people who are called to focus on one interest single-mindedly, whether that is writing, music, sport or something else- I know that when I was studying music I realised that to earn a living as a professional musician that would have to become my whole life. To reach a high standard in one area can involve huge sacrifices in other aspects of life.
Other people, I think, are called to have a wider range of interests that complement one another. God made each of us different and I think it is up to each of us to decide what works for us and where God is leading. I also believe it may be different at different points in our lives- there may be times to focus exclusively on one activity but also times to be involved in a wider range of activities. We may have to put limits on our involvement in certain areas, either temporarily or permanently, to move forward in the direction God is leading.
I feel that, at the moment, writing is something I should be giving more time to, and I certainly have done that over the last 6 weeks while taking part in this discussion. There has been no conscious decision to limit other things in order to fit it in, but since, unfortunately, I haven’t learned the secret of creating more time, it has naturally limited other areas of my life.
Looking at the pile (more like a mountain) of clothes waiting to be ironed shows me one area that has been limited. I’ve also been watching less TV, which I’m fine with, and reading less, which I’m not so happy about. The time I have spent on music has been limited to some extent as well.
This chapter challenges me to stop and consider how I should be spending my time- to make intentional decisions about how much time to commit to each thing, rather than just letting it happen, and to realise that it is okay to let some things go at points in order to focus on other things… though I probably should make some time for ironing soon or I will be completely out of clothes that are in a fit state to wear!
And so we reach the end of the discussion about “On Being a Writer”. It’s hard to believe it’s over already. It has been an amazing 6 weeks. I have really enjoyed getting into writing in a more intentional and disciplined way than I have done in the past. I have learned so much through the book as well as everyone else’s posts and comments, and I am left with a lot of food for thought. It has been great to connect with so many amazing people through this discussion too and I hope we can continue to visit one another’s blogs to stay in touch and continue to encourage one another on this writing journey.