by C. LaRene Hall
I've decided that writing is much like exercising. It's something you need to do frequently. My goal is to go to the gym three times a week. The first two weeks I went four times. I did good with my three week goal until one day when I did not feel as good as usual. That week I only went twice. The next week I was busy and again only went twice. I'm glad to say that I'm back to going three times each week.
My goal in going to the gym isn't to lose weight, it's to strengthen my muscles. After one month of going at least as often as my goal I found that I was stronger. My daughter couldn't beat me in an arm wrestling match. My granddaughter was sure she could beat me, but she failed.
Attending the gym at least three times a week I am finding that I'm feeling better besides being stronger. I'm counting calories so that I can maintain my weight and not loss any more. I've been attending the gym faithfully for over two months and plan on attending forever.
Now, if I could be as faithful in my writing that would be a big improvement. Having more energy I find that I take the time to sit at my computer and write almost every day. Writing each day does take persistance. It's easy to find something else to do. It's easy to say, "I don't have time." I have realized that I have time to do what I want to do. So instead of saying, "I don't have time," am I really saying, "I don't want to write?"
I hope not, because my mind tells me I have to write to survive. Emotionally I feel better when I write. It's just like physically I feel better when I exercise. Spiritually I feel better when I attend church and fulfil my church assignments each week.
This tells me that every week I should write, I should exercise, and I should go to church. At least, if I want to be emotionally, physically, and spiritually well.