What Comes Next: #A-Z Challenge
“Nothing is wasted when you are a writer. The stuff that doesn’t work has to be written to make way for the stuff that might.”
What Comes Next and How to Like It by Abigail Thomas
The idea that nothing is wasted is a common one for writers. Every word is practice, every page of drivel a chance to find the phrase that will prove to be gold.
It struck me that this truth for writers is also a truth of life for all of us.
5 Reasons to Believe that Nothing is Wasted
- When you’ve struggled, and ultimately triumphed (or not), your life serves as an authentic model for others (the generativity we were talking about in this post).
- The experiences you have had and choices you have made have resulted in the person you are today. Anything different and it would have been a different life, a different you. I’m not especially fatalistic, but I do appreciate the comfortable inevitability of this reason.
- Perhaps the challenging experiences in your life taught you something essential that you simply could not have learned any other way.
- We learn from our mistakes. As Thomas Edison famously said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
- Sometimes, we come to realize that all of our experiences, even the awful ones, have prepared us for something wonderful in the future that we could not possibly have imagined.
How to Live if You Believe Nothing is Wasted
In a word, easily. You can be open and curious when you know that nothing is wasted. You can make art for the love of it, lose yourself in experiences for hours at a time, and relax into knowing that you are on the profound journey that is right for you.
I came across this music video by artist, Jason Gray. It is based on the Bible, Romans 8:28. Enjoy the song, and the miniatures that were carefully chosen to be evocative for as many viewers as possible.
If you truly believed that nothing is wasted, how would your life be different?