I’m teaching Courage & Craft again at UCLA and I’ve got the most wonderful students this quarter. (My friend Nicki tells me I always say this, and maybe I do – because let’s face it, the most wonderful people in LA come to writing classes.) Last Tuesday a lot of essays were read about really sad times– grief and traumas and losses. And these wonderful students – the writers and the listeners - were so honest and open and generous that I felt there was no place on earth I’d rather be than in this writing class. The rest of the world might be into impressing each other, or putting negative energy out into the world and being pissed off about something. But writers are trying to find meaning in the chaos, trying to make sense of their lives and connect.
Write a gratitude list in your journal this week. (OK , it’s a very California thing to do, but it sure doesn’t hurt.)
Write about a Thanksgiving dinner – in the past or the one coming up. (It’s a great way to get through sticky family gatherings – take notes.)
Another thing I’m grateful for – all you readers coming to this blog through the thick and thin of my writing life. Thank you.