Fair Warning: This post may disappoint you


“I have written about my life for my whole life. It just happens that it’s my job now, but I’d do it anyway. This is probably not good—for one thing, it pegs me as very likely to kill myself. For another thing, when I am uncertain about my life I shut down. In my seminar about how to write about your life, I realized, while I was teaching it, that writing about your life means facing your life. I am having a hard time facing my life now.”




  1. Sharon Cardwell

    For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2Timothy 1:7
    Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more ABUNDANTLY.” John 10:10
    What shall we then say to these things? If God BE for us, who CAN BE against us?
    Romans 8:31

    I know we all face difficult times….some appear to be impossible burdens. But God did promise to give us enough strenth to endure those times. People need to remember where their true strength comes from, and call upon it.

  2. Lasseter

    When I almost burned my house down a couple of months ago, I found it irritating whenever anyone told me anything blandly optimistic about God and the strength He provides or how He won’t let me fall under anything I can’t handle or what-have-you. Mind you, I’m a religious man, so my irritation was not born out of any kind of broad disdain for religious faith. I just (and this is not meant to engage the prior comment in an unfriendly way) find that kind of commentary, while well-meaning and positive on its face, kind of pernicious in some way.

    Odd enough, it was one crisis that moved me last year to return to writing a journal privately, and the fire earlier this year played a critical role in motivating me to start up a “blog.” Some of the writing has been a bit of a torment. It was always that way to one degree or another.

      • Lasseter

        I’m glad to hear that your lot is improving, and thanks for the kind words. As much as I long for a vacation, having work thrown my way (and there’s no lack of new matters requiring my attention) can make me feel productive and give me relief from introspection. Then one of these days I’ll find a free moment, and perhaps I’ll put up another essay on my page, if I don’t get too distracted reading and commenting on the countless ruminations on the pages of other users. A transient affair, this online business.

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