It’s been said when a writer can’t find the words, they should go out into the world and fill the well. By immersing ourselves in the world outside of our intimate writing space, neurons deep inside the brain that forgot how to be creative are turned on and send out wonderful, happy signals. This well-filling is not only true for writers but for everyone who feels like they’re in a rut, bored, unproductive, or unfulfilled.
This year my creative brain has taken a backseat. No, not a backseat, more like it’s sitting in the third row of the station wagon facing backward (for those of us over 40 who recall these cars). The dictator, doctor, and director of all things took precedence. I’ve had a few health issues to remind me I’m not thirty anymore, struggled with the hiring and firing employees at my office, and completed the remodel on the lake house my husband and I bought in 2020.
Looking back at the past year, I can say I needed to be in that headspace, and now I’m ready. I’m ready to fill my well. I’m ready to celebrate Christmas, spend time with friends and family. I’m ready to turn my attention to a brand-new year.
Filling my well is crucial for doing my best work and living my best life.
Each Christmas, daughter #1 gives me a life planner. It’s my favorite gift. I look forward to planning events and taking trips to fill my well. And join back into a world that’s waking up from a bad dream.
I challenge you to set goals that fire up those neurons, get you out of a funk, be creative, fill your well, and join life. I’d love to hear the goals you’ve set for 2022 and the ways you plan to fill your well.
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Thanks for the blog. What a year, hope your well is starting to fill. With Covid, this year has challenged me to remain creative and keep my mind on the story and not get lost in the extraordinary trials of the day. Looking forward to 2022.
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Hey, Janet. What a lovely post. I’m sorry this has been a tough year. Your encouraging outlook, encourages us all. I’ve always heard: take care of yourself first so you can take care of others. That’s really hard for mothers to do, but it’s so important. You and I are blessed to live on a lake. That’s how I fill my well every day with the views. I’ve shared. 🙂
Thankfully, my family had a couple of big events to offset the worries of the world this year! Our daughter was married and our son got engaged! Much needed happy times! Wishing you a peaceful and productive 2022!
Wow Janet, what great thoughts about filling my well. Thank you. Vb
The best memories come when we’ve been pulled (sometimes kicking and screaming) from our comfort zone.