These days, I do most of my writing via keyboard. So much so that it feels weird to actually take pen in hand and write; I keep expecting spell check to occur! Oh I do jot notes on sticky pads, write the occasional check, and make shopping lists, but the bulk of my writing is done on the computer.
But recently I have felt a yearning to actually put (literal) pen to (literal) paper and write out my thoughts in longhand. I figure that everything shouldn’t be written on the computer, and I should get back to the time-honored method of putting down thoughts in an old-fashioned diary form.
One thing that I have been doing is writing out my thoughts of the day right before bed. I have a pretty active mind that is always thinking, it seems, so it puts kind of a finality to the thoughts to get them down on paper. I just go through my day and write down my ideas, inspirations, frustrations, and emotions that I dealt with. The physical act of just letting the pen flow is really quite soothing. And it calms my mind to let go, and get more restful sleep.
Another good trick is to write out your prayers. If you are like me, my praying tends to be all over the place! My wise pastor and counselor advised me to do this when I was going through a particularly tumultuous time in my life, when I could not focus on anything, much less praying. He said to write out a list of my prayers and concerns and then pray about it, and check them off the list as I prayed. Simple, yet incredibly effective! It really does work.
So I intend to actually hand write more. It’s kind of interesting to see what my handwriting looks like now. If only I could read it!
“Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.” ~Carol Burnett