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The current issue of Coping with Cancer contains my poem, "Variations on a Theme by Niebuhr." Writing it was one of those experiences where the poem practically wrote itself. I just held the pen.
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How many words have you written? How many lives have you touched? The following speaks to you. Thank you for writing...
Writing to Save the Day
Writing can be a true spiritual discipline. Writing can help us to concentrate, to get in touch with the deeper stirrings of our hearts, to clarify our minds, to process confusing emotions, to reflect on our experiences, to give artistic expression to what we are living, and to store significant events in our memories. Writing can also be good for others who might read what we write.
Quite often a difficult, painful, or frustrating day can be "redeemed" by writing about it. By writing we can claim what we have lived and thus integrate it more fully into our journeys. Then writing can become lifesaving for us and sometimes
for others too.
- Henri J. M. Nouwen
Bill Kleine |
April 27, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Thank you for this.
Since Monday, caring for my husband post-op has left little time to write. For all the reasons listed in your quote -- but primarily because my writing might "be good for others who might read what" I write -- I've felt the growing tension of ideas and phrases in my head, waiting impatiently for me to release them to paper.
Thanks again. With hope, Wendy
Wendy S. Harpham, MD |
April 27, 2013 at 06:07 AM
Your illness has revealed a gift, Wendy. Thank you for opening it and allowing us to be inspired by what's inside.
April 27, 2013 at 09:14 AM
Been viewing your site since I had cancer in late 2005. That's when I copied your poem so I could carry it wherever I went. Thank you for the Hope. Am NED for over 6 years now.
wei chong |
May 02, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Dear Wei Chong,
Thank you for letting me know!
Writing is a lonely art. Now I can carry your comment wherever I write, reassuring me the words are helping others and pushing me to keep trying to find phrases that work.
With renewed hope, Wendy
Wendy S. Harpham, MD |
May 03, 2013 at 07:39 AM
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