Writing the Mundane

Do you ever get mired in the mud of the past? Do you pay attention to the words you use, to their energy in the world and to the mood they convey? Many people create amazing poems and art from the rubble and hurt of their lives.

I’m tired of pulling the darkness back over me. Its like putting my head under the covers when it’s a beautiful day outside. When I was a teen, my dad woke me up by flicking the light off and on and announcing loudly, “You’re missing the best part of the day.” I didn’t like it at the time but now I see that he was pulling the covers of darkness off me. I’ve learned that morning is a time for appreciation, gratitude and renewal.

Some days are not very interesting, exciting, or dramatic, the very things I need to create stories and poems. In fact, the day-to-day can be tedious, repetitive and boring. Does anyone really want to hear about those things?

I asked myself this morning what I could be writing that would be neither pained nor boring.

I could write that I woke from a good night’s sleep instead of wakefulness. I could write that my husband makes the best oatmeal porridge, which is much better than mine because he measures the water and the large flake oats equally and cooks it a long time. I could write about the grocery shopping I’m going to do today and that I want to buy some cupcakes. Anyone can write about everyday events like this. Some writers can do it very well. They can portray waking from a peaceful night and about leaping out of bed joyfully to begin their yoga and meditation practices.

Do you want to know the most amazing thing about my husband’s cooking? He never learned to cook because he was never allowed in the kitchen as a child. But he’s an engineer and so the whole procedure has become a science experiment complete with measurements, chemicals, heat, and a predictable outcome.

Can you describe the amazingly varied shapes, colours and smells of vegetables and fruit that grace our grocery aisles? Can you put a new spin on your descriptions? One trick is to write with appreciation, gratitude and renewed amazement.

I’m always looking for the stories beyond the obvious. I want to go deeper so I ask why. Do you ever ask why this? Or why that? Are you curious to look just a little farther?

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