“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.” ~ Anaïs Nin
Don’t feel guilty about it. Since ages, society has conditioned us to be competitive, a doer, go getter, or a ‘die hard person’. There is a strong preconceived notion that the one who is workaholic is a worthwhile being. The one who takes the least vacation breaks or no breaks at all, which is even better, is the most trusted employee. Just go a layer deeper beneath the ‘skin’ of these so called workaholics and you will find an unhappy, desperate person trying hard to attach his or her identity with the work they do. Such an attitude is a trap. Self identification with anything external, however holy it might seem, is a trap. It is a trap to your freedom of growth. What I mean by “to do : nothing” is to do absolutely nothing. Not even partying or picnicking with friends or family. I mean to say, by doing nothing, you are spending time with YOUR SELF – The center of your universe. Unless You are conscious and healthy you cannot relate or respond to all that is around you, including your most loved ones. It’s extremely important to allot a ‘do nothing’ time for yourself and spend quality time with you and yourself. Strictly between you and yourself. You may do whatever you wish… sing, paint, listen to music, read and reflect upon a book, enjoy the nature, or anything or ‘nothing’ that cleanses your inner being and space of all the ego and emotional rust and dust that got collected during the course of the week. The more often you clean your inner self, the more neat and healthy you are, inwardly, which is the pivotal point of all your outward activities.
“We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.
We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.”
– Lao Tzu
I just took some time off my ‘To-do-nothing day’ to post this blog. Rest of the day is going to be me, myself, and Beethoven’s music.
After blogging here for the past ten days, I have come to realize this – The most important prerequisites to be an effective writer are depth of feelings and richness of experience in the subject. In fact, a writer should never choose what to write, but instead the subject should propel the writer to write. It is only such a writing that can connect with the readers at a deeper level. Words are porous by nature. They DO release the energy of the writer (if there is any). If the objective of the writer is to make his reader understand, then knowledge on the part of the writer is sufficient. But if the writer wants his readers to feel the subject and transform, then Energy is required in his words. And Energy comes only and only when the writer has LIVED the height and depth, width and breadth, and pain and pleasure of the subject matter. There is no need to hold strong views about the subject, not necessary to take vivid positions and sides on the matter. A writer can be totally confused about what he is writing, yet deeply connect with his readers, provided, the confusion has stemmed as a result of intense analysis on the intellectual and emotional plane. Only such writings will have authenticity and ownership. I believe that when Life decides to send a strong message to the world, it chooses the writer who is most receptive to the message.
I am not even talking about the technicalities of language and writing. They are mere accessories.
Image: Throes of Creation by Leonid Pasternak