In Defence of Lines


The practice of writing lines seems to get a rather bad break, all things considered.

It is not time wasted, in the same way that prayer or meditation is not time wasted. It is an act of discipline and devotion. It is practice of a skill I must use daily, and a skill that, judging by the scrawl in my diary, still requires a great deal of focused practice even after all these years of use.

It is time when I am forced to slow down, to take a break from the chaos and simply be. To reflect and to learn. It is only tedium when devoid of growth.

It is a quiet, personal reaffirmation of who I am. Alone in my room, stripped of the battle-armor that I must wear to the office, I reconnect with something deeper. Something private. Something that while it may not be widely seen, still influences who I am and how I interact with everyone I meet. Not many need to know the details, but all can see the result.

Disclaimer: I say all of this having only recently begun this practice and I write with the zeal of a recent convert. Ask me how it is going in a few months and I may be singing a rather different song.

11 thoughts on “In Defence of Lines

  1. Writing lines for schoolchildren is almost useless but for the woman in submission is a wonderful tool

  2. I have bee made to write lines as a (young) adult in addition to receive spankings. But doesn’t it appear that first a column of “Sir” has been written, then a column of “orders,” then a column of “me,” et al.? If so, does a girl learn her lesson this way?

  3. I have never written lines but the one thing that strikes me about writing lines is that if they are to be written, they should be written toward the positive version of the desired behavior. In other words instead of writing “I will not be rude” the more desirable line would be “I will always be polite” Energy follows thought, so focusing on the negative is counter productive. Writing lines with positive intentions and affirmations is absolutely life changing in a good way. Just saying!

  4. cindy- Perhaps, though I have it on good authority that in this case, Sir was watching her very closely. That sort of attention does wonderful things in terms of ensuring rules are followed properly, though it’s effect on penmanship is another mater entirely. .

    SBG- Looking over my notes, it would seem that Sir agrees with you. Great minds think alike?

    1. Hi Scarlet! So happy you came all the way from Tumblrville for a visit. Can I offer you a cup of tea?

      And not to worry- what happens at my house stays at my house 😉

      . . .then again, I know a certain Someone who might disagree. Best we just talk in quiet whispers and pretend nothing at all is worthy of anyone’s attention, shall we?

    1. Seems like a perfectly reasonable request to me. It’s the modern way of doing things. Plus, if they’re going to be so persnickety about neatness, that seems the perfect solution. You should try explaining this- I’m sure it will go over well.

    2. A few years ago I saw this specialized font which had been made to mimic an individual’s handwriting. It even contained little random aspects to make it more “real.” When it was printed off using a good ink-jet printer you could barely tell the difference between the font and a real handwritten page (using a fountain pen on heavy paper).

      Seems to me you need better technology, and remember the rule, “it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.” 🙂

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