Walkin’ that lonesome valley

I was slogging through a difficult writing passage this afternoon when an old Gospel tune popped into my head:

You gotta walk that lonesome Valley
You gotta walk it for yourself
Ain’t nobody else can walk it for you
You gotta walk that lonesome Valley for yourself.


My thoughts wandered far afield of the intended interpretation, but
the song lyrics do provide an apt metaphor for writing, don’t you think? 

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22 Comments

  1. Oh, Mel, thanks for sharing! Love that! And I can’t help but be glad you said “slogging”. I’m so feeling that–my wip is rather autobiographical, and I’ve been struggling and slogging, and finally figured out yesterday that it’s really about the difficulty of reliving my mom’s death when I was 13.

    Your point helps humble me, and help me realize, it isn’t supposed to be easy, this lonesome Valley…

  2. Wonderful video clip. I could listen to him sing all afternoon. While you may have to walk “for” yourself, it’s nice to think you don’t have to walk “by” yourself.

    xo

    • Whenever I listen to that man speak and sing, a big ol’ smile spreads over my whole face.

      And as to your point — YES, it is empowering! I feel so fortunate that I don’t have to walk alone. And I feel lucky that you’re one of my walking partners. 🙂

  3. Re: Everybody say AMEN

    Yes, it arrived about a week ago. It’s at the top of my TBR pile. LOVE the cover, and I have to admit, even though I’m reading other books right now, I can’t help opening it up to take the occasional peek. THANK YOU!!!

    I believe the Universe sends us messages like this all the time. We just have to open our senses, hearts, minds, and spirits so we can receive.

  4. I’ve found my lonliest walks through my deepest valleys have made my words more powerful. Writing about the experience ( in a fictitious setting ) soothes the weariness brought on by the walk. And just when I’ve come out of one valley, another waits for me. I’m grateful now. Not only am I stronger from these lonely walks, but I can use what I’ve learned in more ways than one.

  5. I have met a young man at the baseball games. He is 17 and in a wheel chair, a victim on cerebral palsy. He is going to have to under go life threatening surgery. It could kill him but without it, he will die shortly. I thought of this song you posted this weekend as I talked with him. He needs this surgery as soon as possible but told his mother he doesn’t want to until this baseball team is finished with the playoffs. He is there when they play and is giving them his support. He did get to hang around with my grandson this Friday evening after the game. Trace enjoyed it just being able to be part of this baseball team while being in the wheel chair. I just hope and pray someday he will be able to run and play like the other boys. I do know some day as he completes that “walk in the lonesome valley”, he will be able to stand and run. Thanks for posting that video as it was helpful to me.

    • PapaDan, thank you for sharing this with me. I’m really touched by Trace’s story. I am sorry for his circumstances, but it sounds like he’s a fine young man, no matter what his physical limitations are. I have no doubt that he will never be completely alone. Still, I will keep him (and you) in my prayers.

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