Letters to Tom — New Words

Dear Tom:

Fast approaching is Lent and what has become my discipline and  tradition of writing forty meditations on forty days. Why do I do it? Well the truth is I enjoy doing it, and I get a lot out of it. Writing new meditations every year can get tired and stale, like I do at times. But part of the joy is finding new words and ways to say things, or to put old combinations together to form a new way of saying things or to make the message better understood. I read once that if you have to choose between words that mean more than what you have experienced and words that mean less, choose the latter. That way you leave room for you and your readers to  move around in them.

 Well what do my struggles have to do with “the price of pudding?” I think we also try find more into our lives and other person’s lives than actually  experienced. You are familiar with the term “don’t read too much into this.” Sometimes we try to read into an experience more meaning than God may intend. All apples that fall from trees aren’t doing it to prove Newton’s laws of Gravity. Some just fall because they are ripe for picking and ready to be eaten. An encounter with a serious disease may not be a sign to quit one’s job and paint full time, it may just be a sign to ease up a little at work, and take one’s easel out of the closet. We need to give our experiences a “little room to move around in.” They all don’t have to be life altering, maybe just a little nudge in the right direction.

Our lives may be a lot like writing words. When we find it becoming a little tired and stale, look for a few new ways of living or finding new combinations of how we currently live  to find a better way or obtaining better understanding.  And remember to give ourselves  “a little room.”

 Your friend, Webb

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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