It’s one of the finest things we do…

Write about our lives, because not only do we reveal our minds through revelations our thoughts provide us—

But it gives us an incentive to be honest…

cass twig air up hangingIt’s almost impossible not to consider the value of thoughts with the fairly steady flow of them; their rudimentary worth, relevance to our lives and the importance to the people who have them. It’s easy to see how distorted a thought can become when left to constant re-examination and how faceless victim/culprit dichotomies are given grounding by a name or a hover-card. If the last few weeks has demonstrated anything, it’s how something as simple as a pen-stroke can release the burden and stresses they invariably cause. I’ve had glimpses into how fears, confessions, pains and crises can be put right by words creating deeds by changing little parts of the world. And I shouldn’t be surprised: we write about things and repeat ourselves about things that have meaning to us.

It keeps me humble…

20 thoughts on “It’s one of the finest things we do…

    1. JALBN 2.0 Ishmael Received Post author

      I agree – it’s not something I find easy to do – but I’ve read some incredibly candid pieces recently, and there’s a genuine relief and catharsis by their end – stuff you’d not otherwise hear about. Anyway…

  1. Plain ExtraOrdinary

    Really like these thoughts. Everyone has value. Just because our problems or issues or focal points aren’t the same, doesn’t lessen their validity.

    1. JALBN 2.0 Ishmael Received Post author

      They do, in different ways. They have the power to affect us personally, they affect our perception if left to fester, they affect reality through the process of turning them into words, they’re performative and change the world if they are acted upon – the perlocutionary effect – and they matter to us if they teach us something, make real an event or action that would previously not had a face… So the value of these things is a complex thing and it’s humbling.

  2. Dmitry Laughs

    I’ve always had a desire to write, but never could do it with any regularity. I occasionally created some short story content over at Seeking The New Earth, a collaborative effort with a few friends, but never did it with any regularity.

    But since I started my own blog last month, I’ve been writing like crazy! Each time I post I come up with new ideas, and I’ve got 10 more drafts waiting to be published! I’ve never written so much or so steadily in my entire life. Autism, and my son, are just a constant wellspring of new and mostly wacky ideas.

    As you say JALBN, it releases us from stresses by putting them into words and thus releasing them. But far more important for me, I am released from the burden of thoughts half-formed and words unspoken, and allows me to test these thoughts among people who think so differently from me.

    1. JALBN 2.0 Ishmael Received Post author

      Exactly, you put it beautifully. That’s the essence of what I was thinking. I wouldn’t normally have commented, but it was one of those days. You read certain things and find yourself evaluating as much as processing them – particularly from an emotional stand-point, which isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do – so you find a perspective which makes it easier to relate to and find in doing so, the product your left with is impossible not to apply to other things.

      It’s also unavoidable to conclude how therapeutic the process of relating certain events and feelings are for people. As I said, I shouldn’t be surprised – but how can you not be. It’s a powerful tool, not just as a means of communication or conveying a state, but in the creation of a new state – from trauma to well-being. It’s miraculous.

      Thank you so much for stopping by, it’s good to see you here 🙂

  3. ubiquitousbox

    When I begin writing, I have a small idea. Quickly, that idea is changed by several new thoughts. I often learn new truths as my thoughts grow and evolve. The only problem? I just can’t keep up! I need three keyboards and six hands to catch and organize them as they fleet away. Sigh.

    1. JALBN 2.0 Ishmael Received Post author

      I know that feeling – you can’t beat a notepad for that sort of thing: thoughts can’t outrun shorthand! The beauty of what you’re talking about, is a lot of the time you’re hearing this stuff for the first time – if you keep forgetting, it’s the only time! I do hope it’s a case of easy come easy go. Seems a shame otherwise! Get a pad :p

  4. ihatethereforeiam78

    Great observation. In time when judging is considered a crime and when “not judging” became somehow an axiomatic virtue, writing gives us an opportunity to release our true thoughts an feelings, however extreme and judgmental they might be. They say it’s a free country. But freedom of commerce is not nearly as important as freedom of judging.

    1. JALBN 2.0 Ishmael Received Post author

      Well I think you can agree how crippling it can be without the freedom of expression – imagine not having the ability to form a healthy expression of anything – it’s little wonder things manifest badly.

      It’s such an incredibly powerful medium, for healing and reflection. To go through the process of turning thoughts which can make little sense in that form into text, is a logical process which can be of value to many, many people…

      Legislating against the way people think is an abomination. I am against all manner of things discriminatory: but I believe we should be able to think what we want.


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