What does it look like to be sufficiently healed? That is the question I asked while writing the two workbooks (soon to be launched into the universe). What does sufficient mean? Sufficient – according to Miriam-Webster, the definition is “enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end”. Let’s go with “enough for the situation”.
What does it look like to be healed enough for the situation – in the case of “Wound Proofing Your Writing Practice” – it means to be healed enough, whole enough to undergo the publication of whatever your mind and heart creates. Whether a memoir, like mine in “Finding My Damascus” to the beautiful nonfiction story collection I have swimming in my head and heart, “Uprooting The Family Tree” – writers need to be sufficiently healed to share the story of truth without opening old wounds or creating new ones. This could be anything from a past traumatic event to getting one’s nose out of joint when an editor asks for changes (oh, it happens).
Here is the thing – writers are emotional creatures – at least I am, and it has taken years of being in business and workplace situations to toughen up. I am an empathetic introvert after all, so if I can do it – anyone can. I listened to God’s leading, and for those of you who are not on a spiritual journey, bare with me – He makes a lot of sense.
I wrote the first workbook for all writers. It is filled with healing practices, exercises, and discussion. This was the precursor to the second workbook. The first, “Wound Proofing Your Writing Practice” will be launched on Amazon in July 2018. The next, “Tending the Beloved: Healing Wounds Into S.C.A.R.s.” will be available in the fall of 2018.
Each addresses the question, “What does it look like to be sufficiently healed” in the situation in which we find ourselves and how do we get there from where we currently stand? The answer is the quest itself – the journey to discover our deepest wounds and what it will take to sufficiently heal, then doing the hard work to get there.
To stay focused despite outside influences, I go back to Monte Python’s “The Holy Grail” scene in which God is speaking to King Arthur about His idea of the quest for the Holy Grail. “What a good idea, Lord,” says Arthur. “Of course, it’s a good idea,” quips the Lord, like “how could you think otherwise because My plan is perfect” Psalm 18:30.
For those with the courage to embark on this quest, I wish you patience and strength, discernment and healing. We are all works in progress aiming to find that “Holy Grail”. Let’s march onward.