Want clarity? Do like President Obama.

In my life, writing has been an important exercise to clarify what I believe, what I see, what I care about, what my deepest values are. . . The process of converting a jumble of thoughts into coherent sentences makes you ask tougher questions. — President Obama

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6 Responses to Want clarity? Do like President Obama.

  1. Lisa Sawyer August 13, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    I have to agree. I’m a writer and I talk to people all the time to gather information. I can have great conversations discussing various things, but it isn’t until I sit down and put my hands on the keyboard that I have true clarity. Many times it sends me running back to my subject to get more information because I have holes that I didn’t realize I were there.
    Also, there is something about writing it down that makes you want to really make sure it is correct and balanced. Verbal conversations drift in the aether and will vary based on the reception filters of the participants…but written words can be analyzed and reanalyzed not only within the context of the time they were written but years and decades later when retrospective will give them a completely different nuance and meaning.

    • Ann Daly August 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

      Great point, Lisa, thanks for weighing in. Can you imagine if we required everyone (especially politicians) to ‘write it down’ before offering their opinions?

  2. Susan Morrison August 14, 2013 at 3:51 am #

    It’s true from my experience the past 8 years that writing and putting it out there for others is both self revealing and meaning deepening. I started two women’s writing groups (one primarily of women attorneys & the other with friends from church). The lawyer group quickly fizzled out, but the other group has continued meeting once a month. We have morphed through the years with additions and disappearance of some participants, but I’ve delighted in learning more about these women who are reflecting on their lives/memories. By chance, I’m now the youngest at 55. Dr. Pat Flathouse provides our prompts for an hour of writing and reading aloud that brings joy to my life. The clarity comes in a peaceful wave that rebalances my hectic life.

    Thanks Ann & Lisa!

    • Ann Daly August 14, 2013 at 6:24 am #

      Susan, that sounds delicious! Makes me want to join a writing group. Can you share a few of your favorite writing prompts?

  3. Jan August 28, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    I agree, with the caveat that writing often generates new thoughts and that doubt (as John Patrick Shanley has written) is an extremely important intellectual and moral activity.

    • Ann Daly August 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

      Wow, Jan, absolutely spot-on. I’ll have to check out Shanley…