We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
— RAY BRADBURY, Zen in the Art of Writing
I do a lot of research and find a lot of cool documents and stories. I’ve put them together in some sort of random order or even some deliberate order.
I’ve found mistakes in others work and “ah ha”‘ed when I’ve discovered the truth.
I’ve rejoiced when I’ve put pieces together on my own that have proved some conclusion that I dared hoped was right.
But you know what I don’t do? I don’t write it all up and publish it anywhere for anyone to learn, question or comment on it. Well at least not often enough. (Go ahead. Raise your hand if you too are guilty. I can’t believe I am the only one.)
Resolved for 2013: Do a bit more tipping. Do a bit more overflowing. Let the beautiful stuff out.
What I find, I write up.
It doesn’t have to be brilliant. Or even right.
But if I don’t write it down, and don’t let others review, poke and prod, then I’m going to miss a lot. And a whole lot of my ancestor’s stories aren’t going to be told.
And that is the point. Not to let the people who came before me be forgotten.