One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice…
from “The Journey” by Mary Oliver
For a long time I dreamed of writing, I thought of writing, I read books about writing and once in a while I even became inspired enough to sit down with pen and paper and pour my heart out on the page. I’d write for a few days, but sooner or later my inner critic won out and I listened to the screeching voice that said, “you are no writer, what are you thinking? You’ll just make a fool of yourself.” And so I turned from my dreams and kept busy with all the other things going on in my life until those heart callings were silenced.
Finally, after I retired and my life settled down, I began turning inward to find that sweet voice I had once known, who spoke so clearly from my heart. I’ve tuned her in and listened reverently to her urging. Now writing has become my practice, my path, my journey.
My teacher and mentor, Natalie Goldberg says, The deepest secret in our heart of hearts is that we are writing because we love the world. So wise is she and so right. I do love the world! I am fortunate to have found wonderful teachers in Natalie, in the authors and poets who have inspired me, in the incredible friends and family who support and encourage me, in nature, in my many wonderful puppy companions, and in my greatest teacher, Ron, my husband, beloved soul mate, best friend, biggest fan, muse and spiritual guide.
My life is blessed and my heart bursts with an abundance of gratitude. I hope that by putting my words out to the universe, I can share joy and inspiration from the incredible journeys of my heart and life to hearten others to seek their own path as well.
Peace and Love,