Writing.

Maybe I get it from my great, great uncle, Henry Mead Bland.  After all, he was declared to be the poet laureate of California in 1928 until his death in 1932 and he was an English professor at State Normal School which became San Jose State  University from 1899-1929. Sounds like he was a really good writer!

When I was five years old I remember composing a little book.  My writing appeared as scribbles and shapes in crayon.  I struggled about where to go with it after the fourth page and it went on hold.

I wonder, why would a five year old want to write a book?  Are certain desires placed within us ahead of time?  Is it our job to discover them and let them out?

Sir Winston Churchill’s (1874-1965) crazy quote helps me laugh when writing isn’t easy. He writes:

“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.”

What prompted me to write you today, about writing, is a quote I read this morning, written around 90 A.D, by John, one of Jesus disciples.  He writes:

“Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!”  – 1 John 1:4 (The Message)

Upon reading his ancient thought I joyfully realized that this writing stuff is a double blessing.  A twofer!  For both you and me!

Thank you for sharing some joy with me!

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