"Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind." Psalm 26:2
I only have a few minutes this morning to write. Dr. Leaf states that we need about 7 minutes per day to think deeply about whatever it is we want to learn and habitualize. It is now 5:05 am. I will give myself 7 minutes to "free write". I am not going to write about anything in particular, or analyze something that I have studied. Rather, I am just going to write about what comes to mind.
On Saturday morning, I attended a workshop at the library conducted by a local therapist. She was teaching teenagers how to write about their feelings. The thing that struck me the most about her teachings was the concept of vulnerability. She stated that if an author is not willing to be vulnerable, then the reader will not be able to connect. This topic of vulnerability also came up in a counseling session with one of my client's yesterday. She initially saw her vulnerability as a bad character trait, and that it put her at risk of being taken advantage. It was interesting to explore the positive aspects of vulnerability with her because, in the end, she decided that vulnerability is what made her human. Vulnerability opened her heart and mind to others, and allowed them inside.
It is now 5:10 am. Funny how fast time goes when we are writing freely, without constraints. Two things I realized this morning: Vulnerability opens us up to possibility, and time is the most important commodity a person has. It is Monday, and my primary goal is to stay focused on my goal of overcoming food addiction despite demands related to time, and the risk of being vulnerable. The clock just ticked to 5:13 am. I'm out!