Reading Vs. Writing Vs. Living

Hildegard reading and writing

Hildegard reading and writing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time balancing my love of reading and writing with the art of living well.  I have always loved to read. I prefer reading to writing, though I can’t live without writing either.  Unfortunately, I’m not quite as blessed as Hildegard of Bingen as shown to the right receiving holy guidance as only a saint can.  

To this day, years after beginning my journey as a writer, I feel so lucky that I have found ways to make a living as a writer, and live a life of imagination. At the same time, I have often felt a bit guilty about working with thoughts and ideas as a business. I tend to admire farmers, construction workers, marine biologists, athletes and anyone who spends a lot of time immersed in the “real” world as people doing real work.  I sometimes wonder if it’s indulgent to be a writer when so many people in the world have to do mind-numbingly difficult physical labor.  It almost seems wrong that I can garden for fun and take yearly road trips to beautiful places.

But fortunately, I have been reading some great books lately, that remind of why we need writers in the world.   Through the writing of others, we get to inhabit other worlds and get a sense of what it is/was like to live in other places and other times either through reading or writing. I enjoy reading the blogs of so many of you — all with your unique perspectives on life, and your contribution to making the world a better place.

As I considered how to approach Writing Your Destiny this year, I decided to pick a theme for the year that seems important to so many of us – Integration

To find a way to live a life we love, we must integrate all our disparate parts.

One way I am going to integrate this year is to write more about other authors, and the importance of writing our truth.  There are a few books that I just finished reading that I am eager to share with you in the next few days and weeks.

Here’s to integrating your passions into the most meaningful life you can create this year!

Daily Contemplation:

Are you struggling with integrating the disparate parts of your life?

What needs integration in your life?

How do you integrate reading and writing into your life?

4 thoughts on “Reading Vs. Writing Vs. Living

  1. dadblunders says:

    Karen,

    Thank you so much for linking back to my post. I truly appreciate it!

    As a stay-at-home dad, the most difficult task I have is finding the time to do everything! I enjoy writing (the former social worker coming out in me), spending time with my family and experiencing life. They are all a great combination for personal success with writing and they are all very interconnected. I can’t do any of them without the others….(unless I experience “life” I find it hard to write about parenting and fatherhood….lol).

    I wrote the post you linked back to because life had a way of kicking me around for a short time. The more difficult life became the harder it became to focus. I “felt” that I had lost my voice. It was only through personal reflection and some wonderful friends that I regained a proper attitude about writing.

    Aaron Brinker 🙂

    • Karen Wan says:

      Hi Aaron! It definitely can be challenging to have a proper attitude about writing, and I can empathize with being a stay-at-home parent. There’s always something more to do.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and of course your original post that inspired me to link to it! 🙂

      Good luck with keeping a good balance this year!

      Karen

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