Lightning and Mental Floss

Good writing is a collection of ideas and symbols that make a difference in our world. Authors and poets must find what they are good at communicating and share it in words, so readers know what they believe.

They must speak their message like they mean it.

They must mean it when they say it.

They must commit to finding the truth.

There is no mystery here.

Do the work.

Share the results.

Where shall wisdom be found?

lightening - FLIts discovery may appear at any time and in any location. A wise person is always alert to the elements and specific incidents, because epiphanies can strike as quickly as lightning. Trying times, unforeseen storms, tasks causing much sweat and strain become the necessary preparation for unexpected disclosures and revelations.

True learning happens only after authentic encounters.

Just as a small string can dislodge a troublesome object between two teeth and relieve a person of great discomfort, an unearthing of truth may shine a bright light into a previously dark corner and allow for a sudden realization of understanding. Dentists tell us to floss every day. Good writers can use writing as “mental floss” and jog their minds to increase perception, exposition, and discernment.


 “Sweet are the uses of adversity,

Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,

Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;

And this our life, exempt from public haunt,

Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,

Sermons in stones, and good in everything.”

– Shakespeare, William – As You Like It, Act 2, scene 1, lines 12–17

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David Martin