Yesterday’s post was completely uninspired, so I apologize for that. It’s time to finish off this silly idea about health-for-the-writer that I started. I’ve already discussed the importance of moving and stretching and the importance of going outside for fresh air and sunshine–as if you couldn’t figure that out for yourself! The problem lies in forcing yourself–ahem, myself–into complying with the program.
The last bit in this series is, perhaps, the most difficult to take. Writers are far too introverted and, for them to truly achieve glowing health, they are going to have to look outside themselves and stop internalizing everything. I’ve been around artists all my life, and they are all the same. It doesn’t matter how magnanimous and broad-minded they think they are; the truth is that they are as narrow as their own minds and visions of the world.
What to do, what to do . . .? I’m not one to give advice in regard to this issue! I recommend reading biblical Psalms, particularly those written by David. Search his model of “woe is me; everybody hates me; why don’t you listen to me, God?” Then read what follows. He complained and spilled his problems in songs and then lifted up his voice in prayers and praise of God. In other words, he ultimately forced himself to look outside himself.
Well, there you have it. If you combine all the advice I have to give, then you will run out into the sunlight (or lack thereof) and walk briskly while praying madly. So why am I so tired? So why does my back hurt? Hmm. I’m sitting, slumped in front of the computer when I should be in bed.