What I take for granted

dog with writers block

Twelve hours ago, I woke up and stared at the glowing screen of my computer. I had not yet written my #letsblogoff article and since I had a full morning ahead of me, I decided to get this done so it wouldn’t cause me any stress. And I stared at the screen. And stared. And stared.

It seems as if I had taken the ability of my brain to produce #letsblogoff ideas for granted. And it was now teaching me a lesson.

A hard lesson.

There were no ready parables surrounding the theme, no pithy stories bubbling right below the surface, no snarky diatribes flowing from my fingertips. Nothing was happening except the cursor blinking on a white phosphorus screen, mocking my inability to get a story going.

Cruel irony given the theme this week.

I don’t believe in writer’s block. I believe otherwise in procrastination and sloth. I believe in distractions and the frailty of the human soul that gives in to those distractions. I believe deadlines and topics are great motivators to write concisely and to schedule. Yet, I find myself staring at the screen as the cursor blinks faster and the mantle clock ticks louder.

So this post is the result of my taking the ability to write a #letsblogoff post easily for granted. For that, I apologize if you have wandered here to read something clever. I feel like I am cheating you.

To make up for it, though, I have some spare change; a short list of stuff I take for granted without explanation.

The air I breathe, the water that comes from the tap, The New York Times on my doorstep by 5:00am, the sun coming out tomorrow and mostly the tomorrow I assume will come.

This blog post is part of a blog-off series with a group of bloggers from different professions and world views, each exploring a theme from his/her world view. This was about answering the question, What do you take for granted? To explore how others handled the theme, check them out below. I will add links as they publish.

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5 Replies to “What I take for granted”

  1. Sometimes with these blog off subjects I have found that the only way for me to write about them is to break the rules. That’s what I did with the favorite color blog off. I have to admit that a lot of those who wrote did some very meaningful things with that subject, but I couldn’t think of a damned thing, so I wrote about my wife telling me it was a dumb idea! As I say, given what others contributed, it really wasn’t–I just couldn’t come up with anything as clever as the rest!

  2. Joe, there are no rules! It’s a treat the theme any way you want! Sometimes the theme invokes something deep and sometimes it doesn’t. What’s dumb to me might be something you feel is a passion to you. If we were all the same, life would sure be dreadfully dull.

  3. I think this is a great post! Writers, artists, musicians – I think alot of these possess great talent that others are envious of, and they don’t even know it.
    I’m no Dali or Da Vinci but I occasionally have classmates glance over at my notebook and say “Wow are you an art major? I can’t draw like that!” …really, I’m not impressive at all, but I take what little skill I do have for granted, as a matter of course. I should value that little bit that I have though – because if I didn’t have that ability, my lecture notes would be so boring.

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