Be a good steward of your gifts.
Protect your time.
Feed your inner life.
Avoid too much noise.
Read good books,
have good sentences in your ears.
Be by yourself as often as you can.
Take the phone off the hook.
Work regular hours.
~Jane Kenyon from A Hundred White Daffodils
There’s nothing “regular” about the hours I work and I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to obsessive commitment of my time. My phone is attached to me day and night for good reason. I don’t read enough, don’t particularly enjoy being alone, don’t spend enough time walking nowhere in particular and am immersed in the noise of life.
Since I have flunked care and feeding of a writer, I am taking a remedial course this week at the Festival of Faith and Writing @Calvin. Maybe I’ll see you there.
In the meantime, I cleave to good sentences in my heart and the cadence of good phrases in my ears. It’s what a good steward of words must do.