Cleared For Take-Off: A Writer Wednesday Post

October 3rd, 2012 | Posted by Irene in Essays

To listen to this post, please click hereCleared For Take-Off

Like dust. Worse. Like rust on my desk: two or three months’ worth of unprocessed paperlife. Not bills, you understand– all the really urgent stuff got done. But filing and questions and forms. Matted, as ever, with perfect excuses: travel, performance, submissions, and family and friends.

(Not only that, but here in the Age of Distraction we have hyper-super-ultra-extra other ways to duck and cover.)

Pussyfooting around my desk, I thought I was postponing discomfort. Truth is, I felt it everytime I entered my office.

Once I faced that heap of indecision, I found two funny pockets of irrationality. First: Stern verdicts are called for: imprison things in the file cabinet or slay them in the wastebasket.  Seated at last, sorting and tossing, I smiled. Silly fear, as if letting paper go is letting go of people or events. As if memory were made of paper.

But clearing the desk feels like a waste of creative time. I could be making something new! Rust eats whatever is beneath it.  A desk is space for new creation.

Making space is never a waste of time, just as making time is never a waste of space.

The shadow side of our wildly entertaining Age of Distraction it corrodes our Age of Satisfaction. But with bit of inner elbow grease, we are cleared for take-off.

 Actual Photo: 

Cleared For Take-Off, photo and all text
©Irene O’Garden 2012

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  • MARK R

    Know what you mean about this age we live in .. like Jagger saId

    Know When I’m watchin’ my TV
    and a man comes on to tell me
    how white my shirts can be.
    Well he can’t be a man ’cause he doesn’t smoke
    the same cigarrettes as me.
    I can’t get no, oh no no no.
    Hey hey hey, that’s what I say.”

    Sometimes hard to turn those voices off that say we aint doin” this right or ain’t doin’ that right and coulda shoulda woulda….. but I love that clear head that comes with a clear space ….. and wonder over the inner struggle I had to get there once I got there and FINALLY cleaned it all up.

    • I hear you loudly and clear-headedly, Mark! Thanks–

  • MJ

    Oh how I can understand that exquisite thrill of the clean and clear space! Wish I achieved it more often.

    • But M.J.–you clear space for so many people–myself included–

  • Mana

    Just what I needed to read today!

    • So glad to hear it, my dear chum!

  • giom

    …those words and that photo….speak so to me…with gratitude…

    • Gratitude flows back to you, friend!

  • Scott

    That desk is the most beautiful desk I have every seen. Rust-free and ready for adventures. I now understand that the cleaning up of the desk top is part of the creative process. Thank you!

    • Nice to hear coming from a wonderful adventurer–

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