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Nature’s Faith. | Bethany Suckrow

Nature’s Faith.

“The people I trust the most are the folks who feel and respect the rhythm of life. Nature tries to teach us how that works. Like the ocean waves – how they gather power and then roll in, and back out. In, and back out. And how the trees respect life’s seasons. How they blossom and then go dormant. They know that creating beauty is not about pushing through. It’s about respecting the seasons. I don’t think the trees spend a whole lot of time worrying that if they rest – if they go dormant for a season like they were made to- that they’ll become obsolete. They know life will go on without them for a while and that’s okay with them. They will blossom again when it’s time. Trees have faith.” – Glennon Melton.

I frequently go through periods where my writing feels dormant. During these times I am thinking and processing hard, the cogs are turning and the ideas are spinning, I am jotting down notes and producing terrible drafts, but my writing voice has receded beyond the page, I have nothing to say. (Yet.)

The hard part about this, at least for me, is that the internet has given us this burden to constantly produce. So when the voice has receded and my “platform” of public writing has fallen silent, I feel like I’m not doing my job as a writer. It creates an extra dose of anxiety that pushes that voice of mine out further still, and I go swimming after it in desperation. It is exhausting and entirely fruitless, and I find myself flailing for a way to reach back toward shore. I am going against the natural ebb and flow of my creative process. I start to believe that I may have lost the voice forever.

Eventually, when I stop fighting and give it time, the tide rolls in and my writing voice pours forth with all the ideas gathering in my subconscious.

I loved these words from Glennon Melton and the idea of following nature’s faith in the creative cycle, of allowing ourselves to draw back into the depths and “gather power” like the ocean waves.

This doesn’t look the same for everyone. And when you think about it, it applies to so many different parts of life, too. Sometimes we need to know when to stop pushing and pursuing so hard, when to go with the natural ebb and flow of life, when to trust life’s seasons, when to follow nature’s faith in the creative cycle. For me today, that looks like writing more notes and waiting patiently for the thoughts to fully form, no pressure to produce necessary.

What does that look like for you?

  • Andrea Cumbo

    “Sometimes we need to know when to stop pushing and pursuing so hard,
    when to go with the natural ebb and flow of life, when to trust life’s
    seasons, when to follow nature’s faith in the creative cycle.”

    Yes, thank you . . . Melton’s quote and your post remind me of an Ellis Paul song called “The Speed of Trees.” We’re moving at the speed of trees, it says.

    I may need more of that speed about now.

  • emmillerwrites

    Yes, THIS. I definitely have made an effort this summer to let myself be unproductive when the words aren’t coming or I’m exhausted or I planned to do some writing and then I got the opportunity to go to Pitchfork for free. ;)

    This is the summer mantra I’ve found so freeing: “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky is by no means a waste of time” (John Lubbock).

    • http://InkyJazz.com/ Bridget

      Good mantra — really antithetical to everything our multitasking culture tells us. I’ll have to adopt it.

  • http://InkyJazz.com/ Bridget

    I can relate to the rhythm of writing, my efforts to fight it, and the pressure to produce for “public” writing. Thanks for this beautiful perspective and the reminder to have faith in the process.

  • http://www.michaelhadley.org/ Michael Hadley

    I agree with this post in so many ways. It does take patience in writing and in our regular lives as well. I’m a college grad looking for a job and being patient hasn’t been easy. I need to accept the ebb and flow as you talk about here. My writing, I’m trying to make it better, but so far I don’t feel like I’ve struggled to write. So maybe I’m not pushing as hard as I could. I have a question though. So we do have to go with the tide and not force it. But shouldn’t we also sit down and do the work when we don’t feel like it?

  • http://catherineannehawkins.com/ Catherine

    This is how I felt a lot of the time I was in college. I was so overwhelmed with the changes and double majoring that my writing (outside of assignments) got pushed to the side. It stressed me out, but then I realized that all of life is a gathering of things for future writing. That calmed me down a little. These days, it’s about timing and thinking in the background as much as it is about the act of writing.

    • http://anokinashahbaz.com/ Anokina Shahbaz

      “all of life is a gathering of things for future writing” – LOVE that! Thanks..

  • http://anokinashahbaz.com/ Anokina Shahbaz

    Yes! I’m in the process of redesigning my website/blog from scratch, and feeling like I’m wasting time and not producing any writing until it goes up. But it’s being built on a new solid foundation, and that will make the wait worth it. Thanks for this reminder… we don’t lose our voice, it just evolves..