Monday, August 18, 2008

Some Days You Just Draw a Blank

by Joyce DiPastena

It’ my turn to blog, and my mind feels completely empty. You’d think I’d have something vaguely interesting to say. I scan back through the week. Did anything unusual happen? Not that I can remember. Did I have any “significant” thoughts? Not really. I remember once in college, going with a friend to visit a friend of hers who I didn’t know. Being extremely shy back then (unlike now—ha!), I sat mostly silent and listened while the other two chattered and chattered away. Finally, the woman I didn’t know turned to me and said, “You’re so quiet. I’m always intrigued by quiet people, because I know they must be thinking very deep thoughts.” If I hadn’t been so shy, I would have laughed, because I remember thinking to myself, “I’m not being quiet because I’m thinking deep thoughts. I’m being quiet because my mind is such a total blank, I can’t think of anything to say!”

Pretty much the way I feel right now, as I sit down before this computer. Apparently, I haven’t progressed as far as I would have liked from those old college days!

6 comments:

  1. Oh Joyce! For not having anything interesting to say, I think you said a great deal. As I struggle with my own timidity, I am learning that being quiet is a gift. Have you ever read "Momo" by Michael Ende? I highly recommend it.

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  2. Join the club, Joyce. Even active brains need a vacation now and again, as I well know (or at least use as an excuse). And you're not alone with shyness. Actually, it's a good quality, and has sometimes saved me from having to regret what I have thought and really should not have said.

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  3. Thank you, Kari and Anna. Yes, I'd rather be "quiet" than go around constantly blurting out things I'd later regret. (Not that I haven't done that on occasion, too!)

    I haven't read the book you refer to Kari. I'll put it on my "To Read" list on Goodreads and Shelfari, to remind me to look it up!

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  4. Isn't that just so true? I've had many days when I draw a blank and have to let my fingers peck away until something comes out that's worth posting . . . or keeping for a story. Thanks for telling it like it is.

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  5. sometimes it is good to have a quiet mind. When we fill our minds too full, or there is too much rattling around in the brain, we don't hear inspiration when it comes. Peace be still.

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