The other night, I went to a small-group writing workshop. It wasn’t that good. It started late and ended on time, and we spent probably the first half hour on introductions. The next 20 minutes was spent on the author introducing herself and her work. All totally fine except it pretty much left only 10 minutes for actual workshopping. She gave us a 5-minute exercise and when it was done, so was the workshop. No time to process or ask questions. I walked away thinking, Well, that was a waste of my time.
As I walked home in a not-so-great mood, thinking about all the other things I could have gotten done if I hadn’t wasted these last two hours, (one hour round trip and one hour workshop) I remembered something the author said. She said: “A writer is someone who processes life through writing.”
I have had this nagging thought/fear in the back of my mind that I am not a writer because I am not published. But she pointed out that just because you are not published doesn’t mean you’re not a writer. What she said about being a writer has become my mantra. I am a writer who process life through writing.
So, in the end, I did get something out of the workshop. Maybe something is worth it when you get at least one thing out of it. This idea has made me rethink events and meetings—what if I went into each one thinking about getting one thing out of it? That would feel way better than thinking I wasted my time.
What is one thing you will get out of a meeting today? An event this week? Hope you get at least one thing that makes your day, teaches you something, or puts a smile on your face.
Make it a great week!
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