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3 Reasons I Shouldn’t Write About Spirituality

by Gip Plaster on April 19th, 2010

There are no shoulds or shouldn’ts. There’s only what works and what doesn’t.
– paraphrased from the Conversations with God book series by Neale Donald Walsch

I previously decided to focus this blog on four areas: Bookselling, Simpler Living, Writing Life and Spirituality. I’ve allowed myself the Hodgepodge section for occasional posts on whatever else I want to write about.

The Spirtuality category, however, has been neglected. This week, I considered eliminating it, but I’m not going to do that.

Still, I can think of several reasons why I might not make a good spirituality writer. Here are three:

1. I have no qualifications. Other than successfully maneuvering life’s challenges for almost four decades, I don’t have any experience or education in religion or spirituality. I’m not a preacher, guru or yogi. My degree is in communication, and I’ve never taken a religion class.

2. My views about spirituality are so simple, I could soon run out of things to write about. Silly details don’t matter much to me, so I can’t write about belief systems I follow or rituals in which I take part. I am part of God, and you are, too. I am part of you, and God is, too. I could stop now. There’s really no reason to say it again.

3. I have other things to write about. I have piles of papers on my desk with ideas for blog posts, and very few of them relate to spirituality. I could write about simplifying my life for years, and I know a lot about bookselling, so writing for those sections is easy. The Writing Life section is neglected, too, and writing about writing is something I really want to do.

To be fair to myself — and you, too — I’m also creating a post about why I’m writing about spirituality despite these three reasons I shouldn’t. I’ll post that next week.

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