The previous blog for Family Dimensions was December 1, 2014 and to those of you who have been dedicated followers, my most sincere apology. There is a story behind the absence, but not one that can be told yet because I have not found the right words to tell it. Let’s leave it that the pen ran out of ink, and I had to go to the store for another one.
So I was on my way to the store for a new pen, and I realized that I would need something to write about. I had hoped that the store might have a good story section that I could just pick something up at, but no such luck. Desks, printers, computer paper, ink, but no stories. What’s the essence of a good story? It should be entertaining, captivating and make people think. That’s a heavy order to fill.
Once I had a new pen, I looked for a place to get some inspiration for a story. I pulled my notes out, I racked my brain, nothing came forth. Even a writer has to be productive. Going for minutes, much less hours, without a sentence creates a stress that can only be compared to the tension on the cable of a tow truck trying to pull a car out of a ditch. Surely, the car will start moving soon or the cable will snap. Nobody wants a writer’s cable to snap, especially his family, and since this blog is all about family … ha, see, I knew I could get to a family dimension eventually.
Stephen Covey used to talk about the role of stress in the creative process. He used to say that sometimes the worst stress was having no stress. I know people who have taken themselves out of the stream of life to avoid the stress, and have ultimately been faced by this greatest stress of all. So if you are trying to get rid of the stress in your life, just give up and thank God for it, because it is what makes you creative and productive. Embrace it. Make it your friend, not your enemy. And for God’s sake, stop using it as an excuse to beat up on your family and friends.