How to weave a more connected day

I don’t really know why, but the minute I’d been taught to produce joined-up writing, I immediately went back to forming my letters unjoined-up. That doesn’t, however, prevent me nostalgically recall the days of ink wells, scratchy nibs, and a style of penmanship called ‘Marion Richardson’.

What prompted this memory? It was simply because I was visualising the word ‘connect’ in my mind, in joined up writing. Do this with me if you will, and imagine the one single stroke of the pen that threads those seven letters together. Appropriate, isn’t it, to see the word ‘connect’ itself connected?


Maybe you can also envisage a line which weaves itself through your day, tying together your connections with others?

On my better days there may be many of these, but on less-good ones the connections are likely to be far fewer and farther between.

It is of course a chicken and egg situation. Which comes first? Do I have fewer connections because I don’t feel so great? Or do I not feel so great because I have fewer connections? To be honest it’s probably a bit of both, and maybe you too understand this feeling.

Contact with other people is a fine way to add to your day, so as you go through the next one, why not imagine that line flowing sinuously from one human to another?


(Not very Marion Richardson, but you catch my drift.)

3 thoughts on “How to weave a more connected day

  1. This blog brought back some memories of myself as a pupil and later as a teacher. Just thought I’d add that Marion Richardson is quoted as saying that ‘ Learning to write should be a happy experience…’

    So I’m hoping that as I weave through the day any connections I make will be happy ones too and wish that for all Moodnudges readers.

  2. I loved this post. It takes me back 60 years to being in Standard One in New Zealand and the excitement of mastering something as grown up as joined up writing.

    Some years ago when in Zimbabwe I noticed that people there also use Marion Richardson style writing. Having this in common somehow made me feel closer to the people I met.

  3. Writing is the only skill that separates us from other animals, and so makes us human. Jon you definitely use your gift for it, to improve the experience of others in this world.
    Thank you.

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