Today’s post is short and to the point … partly because what I want to say is, at least at first, pretty darn simple; and partly because I’m due to my daughter’s volleyball tournament in exactly thirty-one minutes.
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Are you ever overwhelmed by feelings of love? I don’t mean feelings of love for your partner, parent, child, friend, or dog (though those are lovely, too). I mean feeling love for the whole of existence, for – as Douglas Adams put it – “life, the universe, and everything.” Have you ever been going along through your day, more or less minding your own business, when suddenly you found yourself close to tears or to laughing out loud because the world is suddenly almost unbearably beautiful?
This doesn’t happen to me all the time (I’m not crazy), but on occasion I am struck with an unexpected opening of my heart that seems to be trying to reassure me that everything is going to be ok. I don’t think of these moments as religious or even, strictly speaking, spiritual. In fact, they give the impression of having a kind of grounded simplicity that is more akin to nature than to any philosophy or other manmade framework. To quote Adams again, there’s a line in one of his books that goes something like, “Oh, well, that’s alright then,” which always makes me smile because it gives me the feeling that we’re all in this together and we will work it out.
There is a lot of craziness in the world. Cruelty, tragedy, and meanness abound. The hype of this insane election has driven us all to the brink and left us peering down into a very impressive abyss. But, in the midst of all this, we can still experience moments of love and wonder and awe. We can still find joy and hope and magic.
Why does any of this matter to you as a writer? It matters because, as a writer, you have the power to transform these moments into art. You have the opportunity to translate these fleeting glimpses of we-don’t-know-what into stories that other people can read, and thus share a tiny bit of your moment of love.
That matters. So, what love are you going to share today?
Jamie Lee Wallace Hi. I’m Jamie. I am a content writer and branding consultant, columnist, sometime feature writer, prolific blogger, and aspiring fiction writer. I’m a mom, a student of equestrian arts, and a nature lover. I believe in small kindnesses, daily chocolate, and happy endings. Introduce yourself on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest. I don’t bite … usually.
This post originally appeared on the Live to Write – Write to Live blog.