Patricia Ann Chaffee
Patricia Ann Chaffee 

Professional Writer ~ Spiritual Director ~ Retreat Guide ~ Expressive Arts Facilitator ~ Simple Living Advocate 

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Creating a Writing Life April 2019
Greetings Friends. 
Abundant spring blessings to you. This time of year represents new life and new beginnings in so many ways. Over the past two days I attended a series of gatherings to honor my partner's father who passed away last week. As with all things in this earthly life, there were many lessons to be learned from the hours spent together with family during this emotional time. Not the least of which, was regret that I hadn't had (or made) time to get to know Jim's father better.

During the service, I listened to the priest talk about this beautiful spirit of a man who always made time for everyone he met. I remembered his big smile and how he always asked how I was doing. I played it safe, never sharing too much about myself, keeping walls up rather than being vulnerable. I've never been, and probably will never be, one of those folks who can tell you their life story in five minutes. Nor do I have an inclination to. It's just not in my DNA. 

But as I sat in that lovely church with its stained glass and marble steps, with the heavy scent of incense wafting through the air amid sniffles and so much heartbreak, I thought about what I had missed in not opening myself to the experience of knowing this wonderful 90 year old man better. He teaches me lessons even now.

Brene Brown tells us, "Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”

As writers we put ourselves out there every day. In some ways writing is the ultimate act of vulnerability....... 


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