This post is part of the River of Stones guest post series, our mindful writing challenge. Click here to find out more. Our guest post series features writers talking about the art of noticing, writing and more…
Today we’re delighted to host Lynne Rees…
Lynne writes: Little children continually surprise me: a little girl who suddenly starts skipping in the middle of a shopping mall or a small boy who fills his Crocs with sand when he’s told it’s time to leave the beach and go home.
‘If you have to give your holiday a score between 1 and 10,’ I asked my grandson, Oliver, when he stayed with us in France last year, ‘what would you say?’ ‘100’, he says. ‘No, 200.’
Spontaneity, enthusiasm, openness: qualities that are not as overtly present in my daily life as I’ve got older. So perhaps that’s why taking part in the River is so important: each day for a month I embrace them, if only for a few moments, as I look around me and record whatever’s there, or transcribe the dream I had last night, or recount a memory that has jumped to the forefront of my mind.
This is my third journey along the River and I hope to be as surprised this time when I read over the month’s small stones. I have learnt that I am not the best judge of my own writing in the moment; sometimes what I dismiss as effort-full and contrived at the time of writing speaks to me in a different voice when I come back to it at a later date.
And the writing that doesn’t surprise me? Well, any kind of conscious practice that’s done for a long enough time brings some kind of reward, some kind of shift in awareness. What will yours be?