Written In Ink


I’ve simplified my life by half.

Half of my writing utensils that is. 

How hard is it to make your thoughts look anything but imbecile fools when you paint them with ink on paper.

Olive Schreiner

About four years ago I bought an inexpensive pen and pencil set and threw out my stash of random pens and pencils.  I kept my pen and pencil in my purse and I used them and only them when I wanted to write something.  It simplified my life and it felt very responsible and grown up.

The miracle is that I never lost them.

After four years of using the same cheap set it was finally wearing out so I did something that made me feel even more grown up.  I bought a lovely fountain pen.  And I did something else.  I stopped carrying a pencil.

Talk about extreme living!

We have a book called Drawing With Children where she says to start children drawing with a pen, and not a pencil, because it forces them to be creative and keep going.  If you make a line that you don’t like, turn it into something else.

Life is messy.  There is no erasure.  Make mistakes.  When things don’t turn out the way you thought they would (they never do) you learn from it and go on.

I like my new writing system.

It’s full of scribbles made with a beautiful intent.

3 thoughts on “Written In Ink

  1. Tami

    Lovely! I ditched my random pen collection for about 20 BIC Atlantis pens that I loved the feel of…yes still cheap plastic, but write well for what I need. Trouble is they still go disappearing and it drives me nuts. I use the example of LHOP books where the girls had ONE pencil for school that they used all the way down to the nub because the cost of a penny for a new one was a hardship…I think having ONE of anything in a world of having an excess of everything makes you more mindful. I tell that to my kids when they constantly lose their pencils or shoot out lead for fun (they are required to use pencils in schools…pens only is an interesting concept)

    1. Lara Post author

      Tammy, funny how it is so much easier to keep track of only one of something. I take so much better care of things when I don’t have disposable excess.

  2. Melanie

    I love the part about drawing with pen, making mistakes and then getting creative to fix the mistakes. You are right – that is just like life. We can’t erase the mistakes but we can get creative and they sure add character and value to our lives! I’ve made lots of lines in my life that I didn’t want but turned into something else that are now super great. Love the thought. Thanks!


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