My writing journey for 2013 started with revising my new book on the Eucharist, and researching what it means to have a writer’s platform–specifically how I can better “get the word out” about our new books that will be released in 2013. Unlike many writers, for me a writing platform is not to promote me or my name, but to evangelize.
Making this distinction then led me to think about the focus of my writing life/mission as a Daughter of St. Paul, which I journaled about quite a bit. It’s always good to revisit one’s personal mission statement, especially at the beginning of a new year. At today’s feast day Mass of the Epiphany, my reflections led me to think about the Magi and how they so courageously followed a star. Poetically that’s very beautiful, but if a friend told you they were going to drop everything in their life and go on a journey, following not a planned itinerary, but a star, mightn’t you think they were crazy? With the lens of time, we know that the Magi weren’t crazy, but very, very wise. But I doubt if they were always sure of that.
And this led me to muse: What has been the “star” on the spiritual journey of my life? What has consistently given me purpose and meaning, and guided me closer to Christ? Surprisingly, I realized that what guides my spiritual journey also guides my writing journey.
The “Star” guiding me on my writing and spiritual journey(s) has been God’s love. Even when I didn’t know it, God’s love has guided my choices, revealed my path, even when it’s only been one step at a time. As I grow, God’s love has also become my “safety net” that allows me to take risks, to dare, to go in new directions.
What is the “Guiding Star” of your life? of your writing journey? How are they connected? I would love to hear what inspires you to write in the new year!