Monday Meditations

Don’t Let the Fear of Winter Steal Your Joy in Fall

“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34 NRSB

“What’s your favorite season?”

I feel like “fall” may be the most common answer. It is a visually pleasing time of the year when even trees seem to decorate for us. But there are so many other joys, as well. Coolness eases the burden of heat. Warming spices and comfort foods scent the air. There is a sense of reward for labor in harvest. Plus, there is something hopeful about the reinstatement of routine. And there’s the anticipation of holidays and family time.

Unfortunately, I rarely appreciate all that autumn entails. My favorite part is the temperature of fall–but the dread of freezing frequently prevents me from appreciating it. A sudden drop in degrees and the swinging barometric pressures can be hard on the body.

Snow falling is lovely, but the biting-cold and dreary skies just last too long for me here in the Treasure Valley. With this impending doom, I find myself focused on how many layers I should bring, or blankets I should add. I lose out on taking a deep breath and enjoying several lovely months. I find myself more worried about the next season than the current one.

Tomorrow has its own trouble

This future-focus can stifle writing, as well. When you type out your words… your story… your very heart, while imagining how others will judge or reject the work–you will pull back. You might shrivel completely.

If you focus (too much) on marketability, your authenticity will suffer.

If you think about how it will never measure to your friend’s, mentor’s or hero’s work–you will stymie creativity.

There is a time to “kill all those darlings.” However, it is after they have been written down.

Therefore, be free today. Be present in the current season. Write unabashedly. Winter is not yet here.

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  • Hilarey Johnson

    Hilarey Johnson grew up hearing that she would be a good student if she could get her head out of the clouds. Her daydreaming still makes it possible to get lost driving anywhere. She loves characters with a hidden or unknown worth who rise up to claim their identity. She writes redemptive stories from Idaho and travels in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Someday Hilarey hopes to time travel. She is the author of Breaking Bonds, and Dance of the Crane fiction series. She has written books and articles for Guideposts, Brio Magazine, Christian Living Magazine, local news papers such as the Times-News, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and others. She blogs weekly about "Intimacy with God for the Over-Churched" at Hilarey Johnson is the current President of ICW.

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