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On Getting Back into the Water . . .

I think I’m going to get back into the water. About a year ago, I started writing on line and learning how to use social media to communicate with other people.

In one of my early posts, “So How’s the Water?”, I reflected on what it felt like to put metaphorical little floaty things on my arms and jump into the deep end of the social media pool. I wrote regularly for about eleven months. Then I got a little burned out.

I got out of the water and decided to lay by the pool for a while.

I am ready to jump back in the water now.

Here we go.

That early post, “So How’s the Water?”, gave me a chance to reflect that I was learning this kind of work required humility, commitment, and patience. I discovered those things continued to be true.

I learned some other things, too, as I continued to write and even as I stopped writing for a while.

I learned I had to be myself.

As I began writing, I started reading lots of blogs and stumbled across a number of people who had great ideas about how I could be as successful as they are. I tried to do some of what they were doing. I discovered it did not work for me.

One of the reasons I stopped writing for three months was I felt I had lost direction and forgotten what I was trying to say. None of this should be a surprise to any of us, because each of us regularly struggle with this in our everyday lives.

Will I be who I believe I am and want to be or will I be overly influenced by others?

I am hopeful I can be myself even better this second time I jump into the water.

I learned I needed to be disciplined. 

I had a regular routine when I first started writing. I would write my post the day before ( or even the day before that) and then get up in the morning, polish it, and kick it out into cyberspace.

It was not very long at all before my regular life began pushing its way into my writing cycle. Sometimes, I would find my self rising before the crack of dawn to throw something together to meet my self-imposed three times a week deadline. I eventually started posting later in the afternoon and then not at all.

Discipline has wonderful benefits. It shapes and orders our worlds. It gives us structure and direction. It helps us learn from our mistakes.

I learned I have something to say. 

I really enjoyed writing and I hope you enjoyed some of what I had to say. As I have looked back over my work from last year, there are a number of pieces that I felt captured my thoughts and my passions. I am likely to repost some of them in the near future.

The discipline of writing helped me learn more about who I am and what I believe. I tell my students that the best way to learn what you think about something is to write it down. The discipline of writing teaches us what we believe.

I am hopeful that the things I wrote about people, life, and culture helped my readers see the world differently. As I jump back in the water, I plan to write with more strength and purpose about the interaction of people, life,and culture with the church. We will see what happens.

I learned I really want to do this. 

I missed writing pretty quickly, but I told myself I was not going to start this up again until I was hungry for it and until I really, really wanted to do it.

I am there now. I want to write and engage others.

I am excited to be back in the water.

  • J Beyondlogic

    Excited to have you swimming again!! – Juli

    • DarrellGwaltney

      I’m glad to be back in the water, Juli!

  • Amber65

    I can defiantly testify that writing things down teaches me what I believe. I’m not sure why, but so true! Glad I’m not the only one.

    I’m looking forward to some great articles!
    -Amber

    • DarrellGwaltney

      Thanks, Amber!
      I think writing things down challenges us to tame our ideas with words. It is a hard thing but it asks us to define exactly what we believe.

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