What words are within you? The ones that need to come into the world, to come into the light?

Deena Metzger – perhaps the wisest teacher of writing and living alive today – begins her book, Writing for Your Life, with these words from Gaston Bachelard:

What is the source of our first suffering?
It lies in the fact that we hesitated to speak.
It was born in the moment
When we accumulated silent things within us.

I believe that the world needs our stories. Yours. Mine. Hers. His. Without those words, we are incomplete.

So, if you’ve ever thought about writing something, begin now. Take just 5 minutes (look at the clock, or set the timer on your mobile phone) and write whatever comes into your head without stopping for 5 minutes. You may be surprised – not only at what comes out but how good it feels!

For a little bit of inspiration, here’s W. S. Merwin’s poem, The Unwritten:

Inside this pencil
crouch words that have never been written
never been spoken
never been taught

they’re hiding

they’re awake in there
dark in the dark
hearing us
but they won’t come out
not for love not for time not for fire

even when the dark has worn away
they’ll still be there
hiding in the air
multitudes in days to come may walk through them
breathe them
be none the wiser

what script can it be
that they won’t unroll
in what language
would I recognize it
would I be able to follow it
to make out the real names
of everything

maybe there aren’t
it could be that there’s only one word
and it’s all we need
it’s here in this pencil

every pencil in the world
is like this

I lead writing and mindfulness workshops throughout the Bay Area. My approach is adaptable in many settings — from helping groups honor an important life event to assisting a business team in articulating a shared vision. Contact me to learn more. For information on my San Francisco real estate practice, visit RealEstateTherapy.org or CynthiaCummins.com.