‘Tis the Season

For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven…
Ecceliasties 3:1

It’s been four months since my last post. I never thought that would happen.
Mrs. Pindar, my middle school science teacher, taught me that a force is needed to set an object in motion.
I’m in desperate need of a force.
Back in early 2016 when I started this blog, I had a force that set my writing into motion, and I maintained good inertia for over a year. Ideas for posts came easily and at one point I even had an inventory of completed posts just waiting for a Sunday publishing date.
And then 2017 happened. It was not a season for writing.
It was a year of plans, details, lists, appointments and shopping trips. All for good causes; my daughter’s bridal shower, her October wedding and coordinating the retirement celebrations for two of my best friends.
Over the years I’ve read about writers who are so passionate about their craft, and whose stories just have to be told, they sneak minutes between household chores or on lunch breaks to write, until voila!, they complete a novel, or at the very least whip out a blog post, despite their responsibilities and crazy schedules.
I’m sad to say that wasn’t me this year. My mind was definitely on other things and there was no creativity or energy for writing.
My brain never turned off. I’d lose sleep over details, and even when I slept, I would dream of these events. On some level I was aware that my writing life was suffering, but there wasn’t even time to dwell on the fact, let alone do anything about it.
Those special events have come and gone, happily and with wonderful memories I’m glad to say. My time, and my energy, are now free to return to my former routines and interests.
Once again I’m reading everyday and sleeping well most nights. There have been catch-up lunch dates with friends and completed household projects. I’ve gone back to yoga. But my writing life has yet to recover.
I have the time, but not the discipline I once had for sitting at the computer to work out an idea. And speaking of ideas – there are none. Zip. Nada. Once in awhile, I sense the glimmer of one, only to have it disappear like a vapor when I give it my full attention.
As the last few weeks have come and gone, I’ve stressed about my lack of inspiration since I was confident it’d return after the wedding. A part of me is sure it’s a matter of time before I’m once again jotting ideas and thoughts on slips of paper and the words are flowing. But there’s also a part that’s anxious it might not, and my writing will be abandoned like my childhood stamp collection or my efforts to play the piano. Several times in my life I’ve experienced great passion with strong effort that eventually ran its course, before my head was turned to another project.
I’m determined not to let that happen.
Yet I’m not sure how to affect a change.
Sometimes I think it’s best to buckle down, open the computer, and try to make something happen. I’ve been trying this approach but it hasn’t been going so well.
Other times I think it’s best to exercise patience, without berating myself for my lack of productivity, and just trust that inspiration will return.
I’m not sure we can ever know when a season will pass or a new one begin. I’m convinced it’s not possible to rush a season, particularly if God designs or allows it.
Maybe this is a test of my commitment. Maybe it’s a much needed rest from the craziness of the past year. Or maybe this is just a season of expectant waiting. Yes, that seems right. It’s advent after all, when we joyfully recall Christ’s birth while preparing our hearts for His return. It’s a time of contemplation, patience, peace and hope.
So I’ll finish 2017 the way it began; with to-do lists, shopping trips, and plans for the holidays, completing an invisible loop that will hopefully close when the ball drops. Maybe 2018 will be the beginning of a new season.
Until then, I wish each and every one of you a blessed Christmas and New Year. I’m grateful for your support, for reading and commenting, and for being a part of my life. I treasure you more than you know.

  • Jess
    December 21, 2017

    Hi Jo-Ann 🙂 I think just doing this blog post is a good start! Your muse will come back if it wants to, in its own time. If you need a writing prompt, I’d love to read about your thoughts on your daughter’s wedding day, or your planning escapades!

    • Jo-Ann
      December 22, 2017

      Jess, you’re the best! Always supportive and encouraging, not to mention the “force” that started me writing this blog in the first place! Great suggestions and I hope they percolate over the holidays. In the meantime, enjoy the time with your family and we’ll catch up very soon! 😊

  • Maureen
    December 22, 2017

    Hey Jo- well, I for one was just happy to open my gmail and see a new post!! Thanks. You always give me cause to pause and reflect. That is a gift. (And so is Tito’s….I’ll be enjoying that a bit later)

    • Jo-Ann
      December 22, 2017

      Thanks for reading and for your support during this CRAZY year! Have a vodka tonic for me and let’s toast to a good 2018!

  • Mary Ellen
    December 22, 2017

    Jo , Everything you planned last year was executed flawlessly in my eyes. My and Marianne’s retirement send off was stupendous. All the contacts you made to former students and the putting together of the video, touched my heart in a way I can never thank you enough for. Your thoughtful words in your speech bring tears to my eyes each time I read the copy you gave me. Now for the festivities surrounding Kristen and James’ wedding …….. All I can say is WOW !!!!!! Everything was fun , classy , and creative. I’m so happy you invited me to be a part of it all. Your writing will come in IT’S time. Love you !!!

    • Jo-Ann
      December 22, 2017

      Awwwwww thanks Maryellen. It was a joy to put together your retirement celebration and it was well deserved. And the wedding was awesome if I do say so myself but thank YOU for saying it! Wish it did t go by so fast! And of course thanks for reading, as always. ❤️

  • Tom
    December 26, 2017

    Like Maureen, when I saw an email for a new ‘Passion for Prose’ post my initial reaction was “Welcome back!”. As I just now read your post, I realize my reaction was somewhat premature. It’s not wrong, just a little too soon. Jo-Ann, you are a writer and writers write. We look forward to when the time is again right for you…

    • Jo-Ann
      December 26, 2017

      Thanks Tom! I’m feeling more positive with the New Year approaching and hope to be appearing in your inbox more frequently in ’18! Appreciate your support, patience and encouragement!

  • Nancy Lavorgna
    December 30, 2017

    It’s a new year new challenges, you can challenge your writing and hopefully I can challenge my art. Here we go happy new year !!!

    • Jo-Ann
      January 1, 2018

      Sounds like a plan! Maybe you’ll feel inspired in the Keys!

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