Fierce Encouragement (for Writing + Life)

Fierce
Isn’t it a strange world we live in?

This afternoon, I got to meet someone who lives nearby who recently participated in one of my two-week groups. We walked through town and stopped at CVS and then she gave me a ride home and we sat in her car talking some more. And I remembered once again my vow and biggest intention: Never to forget that every single one of us is a complex, beautiful, messy, vulnerable, amazing human. The screen separates and connects us at the same time. Such a paradox really.

I’m starting a brand new mailing list from scratch, for anyone who wishes to receive occasional emails from me related to my offerings of writing practice and coaching, as well as poems and other musings from time to time.

I decided to call it “Fierce Encouragement,” a phrase a writer I admire used this week in relation to my work. What she didn’t know was that at just barely 5’1″, Helena’s exclamation in A Midsummer Night’s Dream has always spoken to (and for) me: “And though she be but littleshe is fierce.”

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Because that really is what it’s all about:

Believing fiercely in the power of setting a timer and writing without stopping.

The power of giving ourselves credit, because some words is still more than no words — no matter how few or how unpolished.

The power of sitting down in front of a blank piece of paper or blinking cursor and writing one word, then another, then another.

The power of telling our inner critics to back the f*&k off.

The power of not editing the life out of everything we write, before it even has a chance to tell us its name.

The power of truth-telling and of making it up as we go. And the power of connecting, with ourselves and each other — of being seen in the messy process of discovery, rather than waiting until we’ve got it All Figured Out. (As if.)

Less comparing, less judging. More supporting, more learning, and yes — more encouraging…

I’d say “end of story,” except really, that’s just the beginning. In the beautiful words of poet Mary Oliver: “It’s not a competition, it’s a doorway.”

Thank you for being part of this journey with me. I am wildly in love with this work and the community we’re all part of, and so grateful that we get to connect across space and time through the magic of words.

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With big love and appreciation,

Jena

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