Encouraging Us To Write

I was corresponding with a group of Co-Counselors and encouraging us all to write. When I first posted to an RC e-mail discussion list, a massive amount of fear, humiliation, and shame came up. Despite these feelings, I kept writing—mostly for Present Time but also to my class and my Co-Counselors. I would summarize highlights of a workshop or Intensive, what distress had come up for me to work on, and how I saw my next steps.

I felt feelings every time I did this, and I kept writing. I want my mind free of the distress, and so I go toward the feelings. Here is a poem I wrote recently:

Have you heard
Of my big thirst
For the written word?

I’ve sat from dawn to night
Pen in hand
Waiting to write.

Will it embarrass me?
Is it good or bad?
Oh no, it will be for all to see.

So I cried some tears
Doubled up my courage
Shook away some fears.

I decided to show you me
I wrote and wrote again and again.
What a marvelous way to set my mind free!

Marion Ouphouet

Seattle, Washington, USA

(Present Time 189, October 2017)

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