Blogger’s Block

by Ron Potter

Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is a real thing. I’ve seen my wife and daughter (who are both writers) go through it, so I’ve seen it firsthand. However, I’ve never experienced blogger’s block before. I’ve always had plenty of things to write about and it seemed like they always came easy when I was ready to begin writing. In fact, I had great difficulty narrowing down the subject that I was going to blog about. However, this one has been different. Part of the reason is that I’ve been so focused on my health conditions lately that no other subjects have been present. But now is the time to break out of that funk. I’m sure that my lack of blogging this week has driven Pete nuts. He is the person who finalizes these blogs and publishes them. Sorry about that Pete. I’ll try to get ahead of things a little bit here.

When I told my wife the other day that I was having difficulty coming up with this blog, she said, “Well, write about the difficulty.”

One Dimensional

My life has become too one-dimensional lately. I need to break out of it before it just consumes me. So:

  1. When people ask how I’m doing, I simply say, “Fair,” and try to leave it at that.
  2. I’ve tried to get out in our neighborhood and do more walking. Yesterday I met two new couples who have moved in during the past several months. It was great talking to them without focusing on my own health issues.
  3. We had some friends visit last week from Florida. They’ve been friends for over 50 years. They wanted to know about my health issues, but I kept it to a minimum and it seemed to satisfy them.

Our Own Issues

We can easily be overcome and overly focused on our own issues. My issues are not going to go away. However, they don’t need to take over my life either. I know I’ve mentioned my dad in earlier blogs. He lost a leg in WWII, but I never heard him complain, and like many of that “silent” generation, I never really heard him talk about his experiences except for a few humorous stories. I know that his health continued to deteriorate, and he passed away at the very young age of 53. In talking with my cousins, they speak of my dad in very positive words about his humor and knowledge. He was an awesome human being and could have easily focused on his health issues but never did.

Enjoy Life

Our lives can become very self-centered for many reasons. Don’t let it. God has a plan for us. It may include difficulties but never includes being without Him. Enjoy the life you have and the people who have been placed around you. It’s a whole lot better than being self-centered.

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