It’s a challenge to write when we’re uninspired, when nothing extraordinary leaps out. Most of the time, the reason there is such a resistance to writing during these times is the expectation. There’s an expectation to write very well, to say something groundbreaking or different, and in the struggle to write something unique, we may not write at all or remove the joy from creating.
Something unique and different won’t always stand out to us. Often it’s simple observations that can evoke clarity and brilliance. The observation may occur during a morning chore:
first blush of sunrise:
rinsing out the wine glasses
the sink glimmers pink
We may miss the moment if we’re so occupied with distracting thoughts and worries. But noticing that we’re distracted can help bring us back to the present. The act of returning brings a wonderful sense of tranquility and quietness.
the clouded shroud—
bare branches sharply pointing
to white hushed sky
Other times it may occur naturally. We don’t have to put in much effort at all. This is a moment of grace and can be rare. It shouldn’t necessarily be wished for, or else that can prevent us from experiencing this simple grace.
The soprano sleeps
while a wooden flute
delivers the dulcet
song of morning
What beauty have you seen today?