In his post “A Question of Heart,” Terry said: “Transform your wounds into words. Write for the world.” I think I’m doing that. I felt called to start blogging a little over a year ago at Raising Figure Skaters.
Although I also blog through Living Montessori Now (with my first blogiversary coming up on April 13), I can’t say that I have wounds from Montessori education or homeschooling my children – those were wonderful experiences for me! But I do have wounds from figure skating – and those wounds have given me an extra voice and way to help families.
In figure skating, there’s the year of hard work that can seemingly disappear in one 4½-minute (or shorter) bad skate – or in a good skate that isn’t rewarded by the judges. It’s difficult to be involved in a sport in which the results from a whole year of hard work and preparation can be compressed into such a small period of time.
Wounds into Words
Although I started Raising Figure Skaters specifically for skating families, I soon discovered that I wasn’t writing about skating as much as I was writing about how sports can help our children develop character, about how difficult experiences can make us stronger, about how the journey is more important than the end result, about how gratitude and ThanksLiving can help us in sports and in life.
I started looking for daily quotes for my Facebook page and weekly quotes for my word art freebie, quotes that connected me to wisdom from the ancients and inspiration gained from insightful present-day people who have learned from their own struggles and successes.
Will and Christina both felt that pressure-filled situations such as training at an international training center and competing internationally made them stronger and more self-confident, along with instilling qualities like perseverance, responsibility, and self-motivation. I love 2003 USA World Team Member Ryan Jahnke’s words about figure skating:
“For me, I think it was one of the most challenging and the hardest things I’ve ever done. . . . I’m at the point now where I feel like anything I set my mind to . . . I can do it. Because I feel like nothing I could possibly come across in life now is going to be as hard as figure skating was, as hard as the competing was.”
Writing about difficulties and how we approached them does make the journey easier and more fulfilling. Whether I’m writing for a journal, a blog, or a book, the positive side effects and results seem clearer. I can appreciate the many wonderful experiences and magical moments along the way when I focus on the journey and not the end result.
I can’t help but think about a difficult and confusing time last summer that was made better by transforming my wounds into words and clarifying what I really believed: Watching for the Open Door.
I even got to write about the happy ending: The Ruby Slippers Worked! And since then, it’s gotten even better!
So I’ll continue on, transforming wounds into words … and hoping I encourage others in the process…