It’s easy to get distracted by the everyday pressure and chaos of life. Even if you don’t have dramatic stuff going on, just going through the motions of living life takes up a lot of time and energy. Your mental and emotional cup can get filled to the top and sometimes overflow. That’s when you can forget about the important things in life. I do this a lot. Writing is important to me in this season of my life, but there are a lot of things that are more important. That’s why I decided to take a few minutes to walk, write and reflect this Thanksgiving Day.
Write Anywhere #17: Veteran’s Memorial Park
I drove to the war memorial in my little town. I’ve driven past it hundreds of times but never stopped. It’s small but the sculptures, reflecting pool, fountain, flags and black granite wall stood as an elegant reminder of those who have served and sacrificed for the rest of us. The wall is dedicated to the women who served and died for the United States from the American Revolution to the Iraq War.
I walked around the park and thought about those women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for me and my family. Then I grabbed a bench and wrote until the chilly winds pushed me back to the warmth of my car.
As I drove back home I was reminded of something I have let slip in the last few months: my Bread Basket. What’s a Bread Basket, you say? It’s a list I started at the suggestion of a sermon I heard back in 1995. It refers to the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand from five loaves and two fishes, and after everyone had eaten their fill they collected twelve basketfuls of leftovers.(John 6:1-15) A Bread Basket is a list of big and small gratitudes that you can look back on to remind you where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. Even in hard times you can find something to be thankful for.
When I got home I found my Bread Basket list and smiled at all the good and hard times. I had eight pages worth, but if I was diligent there’d be triple that. I am blessed to have the love and care of people in my life, to live in the time and place that I do, to be breathing and moving and thinking and able to do what I love, and to have overcome what I have overcome. And so much more. I did some more writing then spent some good time with loved ones doing our favorite things: talking and eating. An attitude of gratitude washes out the distractions and allows the creativity to flow. I wish everyone a holiday season full of grace and peace.
Where did you write this week?