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How Writing Reminds You of the Things that Matter

It’s seven o’clock in the morning in East Texas the day after election day 2020. As I write these words, the U.S. presidential election is still undecided and could remain that way for days or weeks.

My scribbled notes on the steno pad all deal with the big picture, as if my soul is reminding me to take a deep breath.

I see entries that include:

· life will go on

· ever new

· always uncertain

· always surprising

· relationships still matter the most

· love each person

· justice

· mercy

· walk humbly

The words of James Russell Lowell also come to mind.

New occasions teach new duties. Time makes ancient good uncouth. They must onward still and upward who would keep abreast of truth.

The beauty of taking a moment to collect your thoughts on paper never fails to calm and inspire.

Even in the most anxious and unpredictable times.

It’s funny how it always comes back to loving your neighbor.

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