An Invocation for the Winter Solstice

kalicet:

Some beautiful words to help us look in the right direction at the turning of the light.

Originally posted on Ruth Valerio:

solstice sunBlessed be youSun Maker, Orb Turner,

you know the wisdom of the rhythms.

Teach me the health of resting time as I walk out this short day.

Praise to you Undiminished One,

whose light the darkness can never put out;

whose growth is nurtured in hiddeness;

whose faithfulness never stands still or waxes cold;

whose life is the light of all that lives;

in whom love, honour, thanksgiving, prayer

and praise, to you.

From the rising of the midwinter sun to its setting,

scatter the darkness with the light of your love, O Shining One,

Make me short on mean thoughts, long on offering words of comfort.

Make me short on being driven, long on paying attention.

Make me short on focussing only on my own, long on looking beyond.

Make me short on obsessive lists, long on spontaneous acts of kindness.

Make me short on mindless activity…

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#nanowrimo or not

You know you are sunk when you get to 28,000 words and realise you just don’t want to be writing the story you are. So although practically I could finish nanowrimo this year, I won’t.

Life is too short to be writing stuff you are not interested in. However I will keep on writing.

I have been reading Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird  and she talks about writing because you want to write, not because you want to get published. That, is a very liberating thing, because it means you can write what you feel drawn to, not what you feel you “should” be.

And nobody likes shoulds.

So today I will write… Something. And when it isn’t an awful first draft, I shall post it <3