Two weeks ago, I talked about the importance of taking a careful look at your writing, and making sure it says exactly what you want it to say. And if it says something different, that you might want to take a look at your worldview.
There’s another thing that might be effecting the message of your writing: The stuff that’s going into your mind, heart, and soul. As human beings who, for whatever reason, feel a need to communicate with the world, we need to be conscious of what we are consuming. Are we taking in wisdom, truth, beauty, inspiration? Things that allow our souls to breathe and flourish? Or are we allowing ourselves to be filled with mindless, shallow, petty, disturbing, or even vile things?
It makes a difference, people. My ballet instructor has a phrase that seems particularly apt to my point today: “Garbage in, garbage out.” Granted, she uses the phrase when she is reminding her dancers of the importance of good nutrition, but I think it applies equally well to our mental and spiritual nutrition. Just as eating junk will be reflected in lethargy, sluggishness, bad skin, and excess fat, a diet of mental junk (gossip, slander, violence, cheap “humor,” lewdness, American politics) will be reflected in what comes out of us through our words and actions.
So if you’re uncomfortable with some of what has been coming out of you lately, if you feel like you have better things inside you than what has been showing up, ask yourself this question: How are you feeding your soul? Do you need a mental diet adjustment? It might be as simple as adding or deleting something from your Twitter feed, or it may require a complete overhaul. But you’ll feel better for it, I promise. And I bet your writing will improve, too.
Also, good golly, doesn’t that salad up there look good? Somebody make me one.