Last May, I packed all my writing in a tall moving box. It is taped up and buried behind all our luggage in the closet in my office/guest room.
The closet is stuffed with plastic-packed toilet paper rolls, outdated over the counter drugs, random Band Aids, all the family towels (even all the beach ones shoved in a giant blue Ikea bag), a clothes steamer I’ve never used, which my mother gave me, the ironing board, a scale we bought for our German exchange student last year to weigh his luggage. There is every manual to every appliance we own (except for the washer and drier, which I searched for last week, without any luck). On the shelf, there is an unrolled sleeping bag and Katie’s old comforter, Mike’s hard hat and bright-blue safety suit for when he strolling through refineries. The closet also has (temporarily) all the Christmas presents I’ve bought, and have yet to wrap, stacked up against the luggage and the toilet paper packages.
This is no place for my best work.
In response to the second prompt for Week 4 of Quest 2016
Theme: Doing your best work, Not Someone Else’s
Visionary: Charlie Gilkey
Prompt: “Which element of your best work do you most want to amplify this year?”
On January 1, 2016, I reveal The Story Box.
I rescue my writing. I set out short imperfect, fragmented pieces, one by one, in no particular order, for readers who are guided to them.
(At least in the light, there is some chance of growing.)
In doing so (in my being brave):
- I risk opening my own Pandora’s Box
- I risk being truly seen
- I let go of the Story that’s haunted me for more than a decade
- I protect my family from the horrifying task of “what should we do with your mother’s writing?” should I delay any further
This writing is my best work (not someone else’s), and it is my responsibility alone to release it, amplifying its rise out into the open, into the light . . .
“p.s. You can’t stand out and fit in at the same time.”
[Thank you, for that PS, Charlie Gilkey.]
Charlie is a champion of and catalyst for Creative Giants – talented Renaissance souls with a compassion-fueled bias towards action. He’s the brain and heart behindProductive Flourishing, best-selling author of The Small Business Life Cycle (JETLAUNCH 2014), Ph.D. candidate in philosophy, and a former Army Logistics Officer. He’s driven to figure out how to help Creative Giants be their best selves in the world.