I was very excited to hear the news that the great blog Rhetorical Response has returned to the Internet and has once again begun to inspire us through her work.
So, Iâ€™m back to blogging. Iâ€™m really excited, too, because Iâ€™ve missed the joy of thinking and writing about what is beautiful and important. Rhetorical Response is going to look different this time around. Iâ€™m about to graduate high school, and I have no British literature course to guide my writing. Also, Iâ€™m juggling travel (frequent trips to Tennessee to visit my employer), impending Advanced Placement and SAT II tests, and college applications. In July, I leave home for four months to pursue an internship as Teresa Moonâ€™s personal assistant.
Being busy, though, is what motivates me to blog again. â€œSkimming the surfaceâ€ is all too frightening a possibility, and I think, and hope, and pray Rhetorical Response will help me evade the trap.
Besides all that, God speaks to me when I write and when I read the thoughts of others. Itâ€™s so much fun to encourage and be encouraged by like minded writers and thinkers. Discussion in the blogosphere is a joy, and I canâ€™t wait to take part in it again.
Hereâ€™s to the examined life.
I found the following thoughts from Karen very insightful and telling:
My busy schedule is making it challenging for me to find time for meditation and reflection. More and more often, I settle for merely thinking my thoughts, or for occasionally dialoguing with a friend or two, rather than analyzing and organizing my ideas into essays and blog posts. This tendency makes me nervous, for a couple of reasons.
First, I grow intellectually when I write. The discipline of transferring personal ideas into coherent written communication is very good for me, and unless I have an incentive (such as other people reading and commenting), this is a discipline I neglect. I need to be more proactive about my participation in â€œthe great conversation.â€
I could not have said it better myself. So many of my recent posts have not made it to this blog because they have stayed on my computer, on my notepad, or most-likely locked within my own mind. I have avoided growth through the sometimes painful discipline of writing down my thoughts, ideas, responses, and then responding to others thoughts, ideas, and responses. Sadly, as many have noticed, this discipline has been severely neglected unless something of global importance occurs. For the longest time I have loathed blogs that go through this phase, many times never returning. Yet the fear that if I force myself to post each day will bring out low-quality work is more of an excuse to not write anything at all. I hope that you will pray that I can avoid this temptation.
Second, I live more fully when I evaluate my experiences through writing. When I force myself to think like a writer, every experience has the potential to provide me with insights, ideas, and thoughts. When I donâ€™t function in this mindset, I let experiences pass by, rather than grappling with them until they reveal lessons. Writing lets me accost the events in my life. Carpe diem!
This is so true for both writers and speakers who are looking for insights into life, ideas for their material, and thoughts about the issues that come before us each and every day. It forces us to look at our world through a whole new perspective. God has blessed me by allowing me to continue doing these things even when I am not writing, but sometimes I feel that I must share something and I do not. I feel that you are not at a loss, but rather I am at a loss. I pray that I can continue through the easy times and the hard times. Perhaps we could call it growing pains on the blog — they are at times uncomfortable, hard, and sporadic. Yet in the end, the maturity that is gained through the growing process will be invaluable, and the pain will push both myself and hopefully any readers to grow in their faith as they learn to evaluate the culture in light of God’s word, to embrace the Truth, and to live like Christ.