Writing beauty in the digital wilderness

There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding. You don’t ever let go of the thread. – William Stafford

Tonight’s post is going to talk about Beauty. Specifically writing beauty in the digital wilderness.

Angela Doll Carlson was the speaker for this lesson, and very interesting lesson it was. Angela is a poet, fiction writer, and essayist whose work has appeared in publications such as St. Katherine Review, Rock & Sling Journal, Ruminate Magazine, Ink & Letters, Whale Road Review, Elephant Journal, Relief Journal, and Art House America.

In 2016 she released The Wilderness Journal. The Wilderness Journal is a 365 day personal journal that she wrote while reading the Philokalia. It is a thoughtful and inspiring daily devotional that introduces new readers to great spiritual classic that is the Philokalia, and helps us apply the wisdom of the ages to a layperson’s life in the modern world.

Okay, so Amazon describes it better than I do. That’s fine. I really want to talk about the lesson she gave us.

It was a very fascinating lecture that touched upon the everyday nature of beauty, and how the ordinary moments in our life can shine with beauty. But not just beauty, truth combined with beauty. Angela told us to remember three questions when we create content.

Is it True?

Is it Kind?

Is it Necessary?

As Christian writers, she reminded us that we can control what we create. But that we must always be mindful of what we are sharing. After all, beauty is subjective.

She went on to explain that the digital wilderness is a metaphor for the modern technological world we live in. Cyberspace is one of the great frontiers we all share. It allows me, to connect with you. And with all frontiers, it is important to keep exploring, so as to better understand the terrain.

I feel like this lesson helped remind me to stay true to my thread, and follow it wherever it may lead. It also was a great refresher on the beauty of making and sharing content, as well as ensuring that my content has meaning and value. The big thing I took away from the idea of personal threads is this: We may all have our own threads, but when we come together, our threads intertwine and weave in and out of each others threads. The end result is a tapestry of beauty.

Okay, my next post is going to talk about Re-catechism for the older brother. Until then, have a blessed day.

-Orthodox Trucker

I walked along the hidden peace trail until I came up on this bench to rest my weary legs.

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