|Dirty, ugly snow in front of my house. It looks sort of how I feel.|
It’s been a bad week and a bad month. Here in Manitoba we just came through a brutal late winter blizzard. Awful. (Check out this website to get an idea how awful. Luckily where I live the storm wasn't near this bad; at least we didn't get the crazy snow. Make sure you listen to the video so you can hear the wind.)
One of the reasons March is so cruel is because it dangles spring in front of your face and then snatches it away. Just when you think it’s about to arrive, you get another dump of snow. The only good thing about more snow is that the new stuff covers the dirty, grungy mess left on city boulevards. Winter in March is like a house guest who overstays his welcome, and you can’t figure out how to get him to leave.
All this weather angst seems to be affecting my ability to get stuff done. I feel tired and uninspired. My mile-long to-do lists remain uncompleted. It didn’t help that February was mean and nasty, descending on my household with a stomach virus that had us down for the count for several days. The virus quickly ran its course, but left a whole lotta blah in its wake. We also had some bad news about some of our relatives that has been distressing.
For me the worst of it is losing inspiration. I don’t even feel like writing right now. Last week I talked about committing to writing for the forty days of Lent, but all I can manage is some blog posts. When I do open my WIP, what I write feels as uninspired as I do.
So, dear readers and fellow Word Wranglers, how do I get myself out of this funk? I have so many things I want to accomplish in the months ahead, but I can’t seem to get going; I feel like I’m swimming in molasses. Is it best to push forward and make myself write something, or is a break required? I’m afraid if I set writing aside for a short break, it will turn into a very large chasm that I won’t be able to come back from.
I need advice. Help!