Persistence, providence and prayer

Lucy’s P is persist. I quote:

I can’t let go.
I must persist with this.
Some small part of me believes that in some small way it might be what I’m made for.

I never so much persisted with writing as it persisted with me. Every few years it would return and claim my attention, my time. For writing is s a very time consuming activity. It started when I was eight and I won’t bore you with attempts to identify how often it has returned in various guises over the years.

One summer I did persist for some months and finish the book I’d been playing at writing for several years. And I still write a monthly piece for our parish magazine. But, somehow that doesn’t feel like persistence so much as something which just happens.

Which brings me to my second P, providence; a word with a whole spectrum of meaning. Akin to fate, something that just happens to be, the way things are. Or people might give it a capital P, Providence, a personification of some sort of guiding power working for our good. A kind of guardian angel, perhaps?

I ponder how Lucy’s phrase, ‘it might be what I’m made for’ fits into this perspective of thinking. Of course, her phrase could be understood more literally taking us into the sphere of Divine purpose or even God’s will.

My preference is to think in terms of God’s providence which to me is more specific and less wishy washy or evasive than Divine purpose without being as arrogantly dogmatic God’s will. But I quite accept that any of these terms will speak differently to different people depending on the contexts in which they have previously been encountered.

When you mix ideas of persisting, of working to make our plan come about with ideas of providence, of understanding that we are part of some bigger plan, then you come to a point of negotiation; the point of prayer.

So forget, for a minute, the idea of prayer being something stuffy and boring that religious people do; forget it being a shopping list that you email to heaven rather than the supermarket and think instead along the lines of the currently popular concept of mindfulness.

Think of sitting in the crossroads of persistence and providence; how does my plan for a piece of writing, my plot for a story fit with God’s plan for the history of humankind, the plot for the story of life? Is it a vital clue subtly woven into the fabric of life, a red herring, a delightful bit of background, an ill-placed word that upsets the flow of the narrative?

There’s no doubt that to make a career of writing takes persistence but to persist with our own plans in the face of providence is not constructive. Better to stop for a while, bask in the face of providence and see where we are led.

 

 

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I & P

Inspiration and perspective
Start at A and Z is too far off
But I didn’t start at A
I came in at L…
Can you hear the penny drop?
Creaky cogs start to turn?
No need to progress
In a pre-ordered fashion…

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ZYX

Zymotic – lets rescue the term from Victorian pathology and apply the Greek idea of fermentation to the fermenting of ideas

Yearning – has definitely been my inspiration for writing in the past. When life has peace, joy and contentment there is far less motivation to write. Yet… there is still that indescribable something.

(e)Xistential – blatant cheating now – or perhaps we call it a creative perspective on life?

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A-C

A is for alphabet, also and anything
B is for books but beginning with blogging
C is for copying, courage and cutting

And Z is too far out of sight!

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L is for Lucy

Lucy has embarked on one of those really committed A-Z things. A post everyday about her writing journey. It’s inspiring, revives my dreams but also makes me realise how out of reach of reality those dreams are.

Maybe I’ll come up with a few words for a few letters but not a whole post for one letter and I don’t see getting all through the alphabet. It takes more dedication than I seem able to muster.

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Thoughts to share

I walk along
And see things that make me think
I want to share the thoughts
But there isn’t time to sit down
And recall them
Oh that I could project such thoughts
Directly to the screen.

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Snowdrops

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Snowdrops to remember Mum
who died seventeen years ago, today
It was a Saturday that year, too

crocus

A crocus to welcome Ciara
born yesterday

Winter or Spring?
Seasons come and go
We come and go
Yet Life keeps on.

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