On Enjoyment

UnsafeAn email from an occasional reader ofMontanaWriter pointed out that I frequently use the word enjoy. That accusation is certainly true, and no doubt could be mathematically verified by anyone wanting to take the time to count. Whether the reader found the frequent use of the word useful or irritating, she did not specifically say, but her tone indicated that she might find it at least… repetitive.

Q. What is the chief end of manA. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

Readers of the Westminster Catechism and/or that most Montanan of all books A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean, will recognize these words. Enjoyment seems to me to be at the essence of all that is best in this vale of tears: nature, sports, art, books, friendship, family. And so the word comes up often here on a blog that ultimately is about those things.

We watch sports because we enjoy doing so. We read sometimes for information… but for the most part for pleasure. We fish and hike and listen to music and meet with friends over a dinner and a cold beverage because we enjoy doing so… every other reason is merely secondary.

Another reader recently pointed out that MontanaWriter has been up and running for over a year now. Looking back I see that the official anniversary date appears to be March 13th. With a year under my belt, I reflect on what I have learned participating with you all in this peculiar exercise.

Starting MontanaWriter led me to finally publish Montana Poems. I hope by this time next year I will be able to say the same about either the book of short stories I keep shuffling and rearranging or my unfinished mystery novel. I know the world is holding its collective breath.

If I have learned anything of any significance from what I have been doing here, I cannot specifically say. I can say that from my life in general this year I have learned –and in most cases, relearned –a great deal about myself. Some of it good… some not so good.

One thing that has surprised me looking back over a year of posts is how non-controversial I have been. I am by nature an ornery and argumentative sort. I love a good debate, and friends will tell you that I hold a number of edgier than average views on a number of things. And yet I find none of that here. Perhaps this next year will bring more controversy to MontanaWriter, though I doubt it. In a red state/blue state cyberworld that sadly mirrors our own, there is probably enough controversial blogs already. The reality is that since I really do not give a tinker’s damn what most people think about politics or theology… I assume they feel the same way about me. As much as possible I have lived by one credo: Never give unsolicited advice – wise men don’t need it and fools won’t heed it.

MontanaWriter it seems will continue to evolve. At least as long as I find enjoyment in doing it.

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