Everyday, I show up at my writing desk early in the morning and before going to sleep. I used to do this in the past because successful writers advice us to do it. But when it started to feel like an obligation and responsibility, I used my work load as an excuse to quit, and then I went back to my old habit of writing whenever I could find the time during the day.
But I missed showing up at specific times of the day at my writing desk. Slowly I went back to the practice – but not because I want to become a successful writer. I picked up the habit again because I love to write; and it feels good to give time and importance to my writing practice.
These days, I show up at my writing desk twice a day because it has become a ritual that lends color, texture and meaning to my days. Those two occasions during the day are some of the happiest and most meaningful moments of my waking hours. There are no rules, no definite number of pages to fill up. One of the added perks of showing up early in the morning is writing to the sound of the chirping of the birds in the backyard. A daily treat indeed!
And speaking of showing up, I show up in this blog everyday because daily blogging has become a ritual as well.
What rituals lend bright colors to your days?
In our part of the world…
The Eurasian tree sparrow, commonly
called maya in the Philippines, regularly shows up in our backyard.
Several of them merrily chirp as they begin their day.