Spiritual Fatigue

With 2018 less than two weeks away, one can’t help but take stock of the previous year, what we accomplished, and didn’t accomplish, our pains and our joys. We also look toward our goals and hopes for the next year.

One of my goals is to avoid politics (it’s an off-year election in the States, so I expect things to get almost as heated and divisive as both 2016 and 2017, if not worse), and spend little if any time on social media.

A few times this last summer, we camped at a local lake called Lake Tschida. With the heat and drought, however, the lake bloomed with blue-green and slimy algae that few dared to swim in. I was not one of them.

That’s what social media feels like to me lately. Just perusing it with all the vitriolic politics and constant hate and nasty insults to those who simply disagree on a particular subject feels like swimming in a bathtub-warm, and algae-choked lake. I leave feeling slimed, emotionally and sometimes spiritually drained.

In 2016, I took a full year off social media except my author page on Facebook and other writing sites. Not only did the spiritual ick leave me, but I wrote many blog entries and finished three languishing novels. All told, I wrote over 200,000 words in those twelve months.

I hope to meet or exceed that number this year.

First I need to write my 2018 Lenten devotionals which are due by the end of January. I’m not stressing about those, though. Yet.

My other writing goals are to write more entries here on multiple subjects, rewrite my fantasy, and perhaps submit it to ACFW’s Genesis contest. As with the First Impressions contest, while winning is great, the real benefit is the judges’ critiques. Having outside opinions of my work can only help me improve my skill.

My other writing goals are to continue to submit queries to literary agents (four down, fourteen to go of my current list). I’d also like to write and submit more short stories, but we’ll see. I’ve started two so far, but am having trouble finishing. I think it’s due to my spiritual fatigue. I lose both motivation and confidence when I’m so drained.

But I am also an eternal optimist. Having endured spiritual angst multiple times already, I know it’s a seasonal thing, and like every time before, I’ll get through it and hopefully a little wiser in the end.

Oh. And read. A lot.

If this be my last entry for 2017, I pray you have a stress-less holiday season, and 2018 ends up the best year ever for all of us.

6 thoughts on “Spiritual Fatigue

  1. Thank you sis for inspiring me to also limit my time on social media. It is draining. I just don’t understand the hatred for those that have different opinions. I cherish all my Liberal friends and family. I love them simply for who they are. May God Bless you with enormous amounts of writing in 2018. Merry Christmas! Love to you, Dave, Tom, Rufus, and Rukus.

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  2. I vehemently agree that social media can be a waste of time, but I do see some value in it, in that it provides a vehicle for many, and sometimes the only vehicle for some, for letting the rest of the world know what is happening in your life and part of the world. As long as the messages are honest and informative, and do not take time away from more important obligations, I have no problem with those who post often. I think, like most things, it is a very good thing as long as those who use it use it wisely and morally.

    On a more personal note, congratulations to you, Andra, for all your accomplishments in 2017! May 2018 bring even more of God’s favor upon you, your family, and your readers!

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