One Way to Make Pottery

Write your way into a better story.

The first thing that came to mind when I started writing this post, other than that statement above, was the image of a pair of hands shaping and molding a clump of gooey pottery clay. I know nothing about pottery or clay. Yet, I could clearly see those hands going to work, turning a clump of goo into something beautiful and usable.

This is what it feels like before words begin to take shape on a blank page. I have no clue what the finished product will end up looking like. I only know one thing: I have to start molding them together in hopes of creating something of beauty…something of worth.

Writing helps me to process my life and the life taking place around me.

I spent many years believing I wasn’t creative or artistic. I couldn’t draw or paint well. As a child I remember how I would attempt (over and over again) to draw a dog. It would always turn out looking like a pig with a long tail.  🙂  For the longest time, this was my only definition of a creative/artistic person. I failed to see writing as a form of art.

But I see it now.

In fact, now I believe that every person on earth is creative whether they realize it yet or not.

Sometimes the words I have to share really don’t seem to have much significance… clumps of words and thoughts scattered around the table in my heart.  Where do they go?  How will they all fit together on the page?

The journey is never clear when I begin. Writing opens my eyes. It’s the doorway I must walk through, the hall I must walk down. The light only begins to illuminate the path ahead when I choose to pick up a word and place it on the page.

Writing reminds me that every part of a story (yours and mine) contains beauty. No part is too small. Each piece has a purpose…and the purpose waits patiently to be discovered.

The process of writing opens my eyes to the better.

To the better which I would have missed had I not chosen to open my laptop and write.

To the better I can only experience if I choose to get my hands dirty, to pick up the words and begin shaping and molding them together.

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.” Galatians 6: 4-5 (Message)


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