It is the writer's privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart.
It was about 13 years ago when I decided to approach my songwriting very differently. Having written for over 20 years at that point in my life, I had recently become very aware of my own shortcomings when it came to stewarding my creative gifts well. It was then that I decided to become a student of songwriting.
I began to devour any book I could find on songs and songwriting. I attended conferences and workshops. I sought out relationships with people who could mentor me, challenge me, and who offered to invest in my writing. It was the beginning of a humbling journey, on which I have discovered much about myself.
This fall has ushered in a new season of life for me. And while I find it very healthy allowing myself to grieve the passing of time, I also know that each new season brings wonderful things that I don't want to miss. As I have considered how to best use the hours that I now find at my disposal, I could easily fill those hours with writing projects that need my attention. I certainly want to be productive, and plan to be. However, I am also committed to balancing the time I'll spend crossing things off my project list with my continuing education in the area of songwriting. Books, DVDs, podcasts, workshops; things that remind me there is always room to grow.
I'm grateful I get to continue my education without the pressure of grades, professors and a looming graduation date. 'Cause that stuff is just stressful. Learning is fun.