My motivation this past month or so has come from the weekly gathering of my writing group. The power of the group is an opiate for someone who spends several hours alone, talking with her characters. I am not lonely, I wouldn’t write if I was lonely. However, the energy I gain from the group process is one key to my success.
In a recent issue of The New Yorker, David Brooks states;
There’s a debate in our culture about what really makes us happy, which is summarized by, on the one hand, the book “On the Road” and, on the other, the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The former celebrates the life of freedom and adventure. The latter celebrates roots and connections. Research over the past thirty years makes it clear that what the inner mind really wants is connection. “It’s a Wonderful Life” was right. Joining a group that meets just once a month produces the same increase in happiness as doubling your income.
I have always loved both the book, On the Road and the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. I wonder, can’t I have it both ways? As a young person I was the wanderer who would stop in and visit happy families from time to time to get my dose, and then move on. But I have now found myself living in one place for 21 years. I am still a wanderer in spirit, but 21 years of one place puts me into the It’s a Wonderful Life category.
Well, the best news is that my writing group meets weekly. Perhaps my income will quadruple.
Are you On the Road or It’s a Wonderful Life material?
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