Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain…John 15:16a
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Do You Have Passion?
Well it’s been a while since I’ve popped in to share with you all.
The first thing I want to say is that it’s good to get away; opportunity to catch up with a few friends attending the Faith and Fiction Retreat was great. Over lunch we shared personal events of our lives. Sharing was wonderful, but I soon realized that the table topic would inevitably return to writing.
As I reflected upon what transpired the transparency of the moment revealed itself. Our common denominator was our writing passion. Passion is that thing that burns inside of you. You go to sleep and awaken thinking about the object of your desire. Rare is the time it is not on your mind. You knowingly and unknowingly eavesdrop on conversations and file certain dialogue in your mental rolodex for possible future use.
Passion in its appropriate context can be a beautiful thing, but don’t forget to take time out for your loved ones and other things that you love.
Speaking of things you love I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to Ms. Tia Ross and the fabulous staff who made the 2010 Black Writers and Reunion Conference an event to remember. For those who are SERIOUS about their writing, the BWRC is an educational experience where aspiring, novice and accomplished writers are well served. In other words -- when you leave the table, you are full.
I am full right now. I’m full with current projects to complete as well as with future possibilities and the anticipation of what this season will bring. I have been filled with the appetizers of inspiration follwed by healthy portions of information liberally garnished with words of encouragement.
As I leave for this moment I encourage you to venture out to expand the boundaries of your passion, whatever that might be. And as you do, remember to use your words to bear good fruit.