Morning Pages Should Be Like Skimming Stones

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The morning pages habit trundles on with my Moleskine Volant notebook filling up by the day. Some days it's easy to get started while other days it seems like a struggle. It shouldn't be like this.

Every year we visit Jennifer's family just outside of Toronto. The holiday usually revolves around shopping for the girls and golf for the boys, but on those days where we want to spend the time together as a group we sometimes head down to the lake. It's a great spot for a picnic and a walk, it lets the kids explore and of course there's that love of skimming stones. You spend a couple of seconds looking for a good stone and you throw. There's no concern about the quality of the throw, a few throws is all that's needed to get better. Also you know that once it's thrown that stone is gone forever. Well at least until it's washed back up back onto the shore again.

Your morning pages should be like this. Just writing, seeing where it takes you and never worrying about that writing coming back. It's an exercise to clear your mind and nothing more. Also it doesn't matter about the content of your morning pages. It's all for you. No-one else. Once it's written it can disappear from the eye of the public forever. Just like your little stone skimming across the water and disappearing, your morning pages can hide forever.

This morning I was stuck for something to write about, so I just started writing. Half a page in and it started to get easier. The next time I start my morning pages it won't be so hard to get started. I just need to remember it's just like skimming stones.