The secretary at work attaches quotes to our Morning News e-mails. When I read this one, I immediately thought–that’s what writing does! It slows me down and makes me pay attention. I don’t have to wait for an event to become a memory–Writing helps me to recognize the value in a moment.

NPR recently broadcast a program about how handwriting your notes helps you to learn better. Because you can’t write down everything, you’re forced to synthesize as you take notes and thus you organize the information more meaningfully in your brain. Or something like that. It occurs to me that whether you’re handwriting or typing, writing makes you do the same thing. You have to choose which elements to share, which to highlight and which to omit. You can’t write about every moment of your day, so you sift through and find the more meaningful ones. And sometimes if you don’t the time to write, you might not notice the meaning was there at all.


9 thoughts on “Writing

  1. Ramona says:

    Writing helps us find the meaning in our days and moments. Thanks for this wisdom.

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  2. Melanie Roy says:

    This is so true!

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  3. Tara Smith says:

    I feel the same way, every day I find time to write, is a good day.

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  4. I agree!!! Writing has made me slow down and pay attention too.

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  5. rdicarne says:

    Exactly! When I know I am going to “slice” I am more mindful about what is going on around me. I wish I could be that way every day!

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  6. Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski says:

    That last sentence says it all to me- if I don’t write it, the moment or my thoughts just sail away. Writing helps me hold on, make sense, and treasure moments I want to keep. Great post.

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  7. My brain definitely works better when I’m writing regularly. I’ve found it hard to post lately, too. I think it might be sheer exhaustion after Laura’s Found Poetry, Slice of Life in March, and then Poetry Month!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Kudos to you, Catherine! After part of Feb. and March, I couldn’t even begin to think of committing to Poetry Month. I’ve so enjoyed your poetry!


  8. Amy says:

    I love the quote, Molly. I’ve tried to very purposeful with my writing but it’s a challenge! But then I remind myself how far I’ve come so I accept my accomplishments.

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