"We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are."
-- American writer Max DePree
The above, I believe, was originally meant for the political arena, but it can also apply to any part of our lives. The pursuit of dreams (or happiness, or time to write, or just plain inner peace) does not mean standing still. No problem with resting up for a while, or even taking a timeout. But then, when crunch time is here, we must head into the foggy murk with our direction intact, and be prepared to fight off demons and monsters and any other odd or weird distractions. it's not the outside world, necessarily, that provides the biggest obstacles, but those things we fail to recognize or understand within ourselves. These demons and monsters -- they are of our own making, indeed.
And though this is unquestionably a matter of the heart, first, we must heal the mind, and also clear the mind.
Maybe "passion does equal strength" after all.
Day 21 of 28 -- Eleanor and I appreciate your joining us for this final week, through Sunday, in The Little Room, as we know it, and as Eleanor's story is solidified, and pages sent to my harshest (and kindest) critic of all: my agent. She Believes, so why shouldn't I?
Easy to say, though. Yes, it feels as though I am treading water right now. I look back on the 70 posts in May. Lots of legwork and buildup. That was the equivalent of baseball's Spring Training. This is the real season, and Opening Day.
"Play Ball!" the umpire yells out, and the fans cheer, and batter up -- we sure do not want to strike out. This is for all of the roses (present and future) for St. Therese. This is for the soul. Soul food = soul work. Saving the soul through words -- and keeping Hope, above all, alive and well. It's been written before in different ways on this page, but Hope dies last, and without Hope, there's really no point in the rest of it. We must pay all due attention to Hope, which is personal for each of us.
A Note: If this is by chance your first visit, be sure to scroll down on this page. Everything is on the one page -- all 170-plus posts (so far).
To Reach The Green Light At The End Of The Pier
FOR AS LONG AS IT TAKES: "We are saving ourselves through the words," says Eleanor, the leading lady of a novel-in-progress. This exploration into the creative process -- which includes plenty of distractions/tangents /thoughts & rants by Eleanor, her Biographer, and selected guest artists -- will continue until Eleanor is certain her story is "right." (But we dare not jump ahead of ourselves.)
There will be the occasional typo (as Eleanor points out), and much of this is intended to be "original draft" -- what comes out of our mouths (heads) first, and then set down in that order. Not all of it will be included in the novel, but all of it is happening in real time.
ELEANOR says: "Please turn the page. Keep reading."
For more of Eleanor and her Biographer -- as well as the work of our many guest artists -- check out the older postings. "Everything is part of the process, and the process is the journey," Eleanor says.