Aug 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!


  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.

  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.

  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!

  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.

  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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