Saturday, February 02, 2008

Ticket to Write

I’m back in Nashville after an interesting yet exhausting week in Denver, where I attended a gathering of the full T-Mobile USA leadership team. It’s an incredible organization, and the investment made by executive leadership to share its vision for the coming year was as impressive as anything I’ve experienced in the past. I enjoyed meeting colleagues from all over the country, and was humbled to realize what a small fish in a giant sea I truly have become with this new job opportunity.

The long flights also gave me the chance to take a fresh look at my manuscript Chased by the Wind and some renewed steps forward in pursuing publication of this spiritual memoir of youth. I also broke new ground on my follow-up memoir, in which I am examining my spiritual and vocational development from college through the present time. I’ll probably conclude this second project with my ordination this May. After all, doesn’t a spiritual journey end with ordination? I mean, what’s left after that? Just kidding, but there’s some painful truth there also…

I have a new determination to write every day, somewhere, somehow. I can thank Liz Gilbert and Donald Miller for that; reading their memoirs the past two weeks gave me renewed hunger for my own love of crafting words.

Maybe it’s not so much crafting words as providing the vehicle of words as transportation for the ideas, feelings and observations that are bursting from inside of me and demanding a ride to the outside. Truth—which is what a writer must express—doesn’t like to be left stranded without a ride. So I’m up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday following a week of very little sleep, because I must keep the transportation company in business.

3 Comments:

At 11:25 AM , Blogger DT said...

Hi John De Marco...

Please excuse my short memory but I have been trying to recall where I know you from... Telarus? SFT1? William Amos; a Methodist Pastor who mentored me? I am linked up with you (Plaxo) at your invitation.

I must also say reading your thoughts have been inspiring to me. I do believe I am in a "wilderness" stage in my spiritual walk. Only the Good Lord knows when and if I will ever reach the end of this wilderness.

Blessings,
Dan Taylor

 
At 11:55 AM , Anonymous John Michasel De Marco said...

Are you in Brevard County, Dan? I may have spoken at your church a few years ago.

Thanks,
John

 
At 6:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Duluth Minnesota Lester Park UMC. For a few years I was at the Duluth MN Union Gospel Mission between 1995 and 1998.

I don't know why but I associated your name right away with the telecom. Anyway I see your inspiration is abundantly flowing.

Take care. Talk with you later.

Dan Taylor

 

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