Greatest Gift

Just today in my email, a note from an acquaintance named Penny popped up — what a treat! Penny and her husband Will are dog walking pals of mine. Sadly, I no longer make the daily rounds with my dog-walking buddies, but I ran into Penny and Will at a local meeting one evening.

When I heard that Penny had decided to launch a venture focusing on helping high-school students and others identify their strengths from a career standpoint, it sounded like a great new path for her. I could see that she was really energized by the whole prospect. After our meeting, I ran home and brought back a copy of my book, Birthing the Elephant, and signed it for Penny. Since she was in start-up mode, I felt sure that there was something in my book that might be helpful.

That’s what Penny’s note was about. She was writing to tell me that she’s been reading Birthing the Elephant steadily and she’s finding it encouraging and inspiring. As a writer, this is the greatest gift I can receive: to hear from someone that something I wrote made a difference in their lives, even in a small way.

So often, as writers, we labor alone. We think alone, we imagine alone, we write alone, we rewrite alone, we ponder alone, we live through what we are writing alone. And then, if we are lucky, somehow, our words take wing. They go out into world and find the people they are meant to find or the people who are meant to find them, find them. And when that happens, it’s truly a magical thing.

Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, poetry or plays, fantasies or films, always remember that you are not alone. Somewhere, perhaps peeking just over your shoulder, is a reader waiting to see, needing to hear, wanting to know, what you have to say. You may not be able to see this invisible reader, but if you relax into the moment, you’ll feel this presence. And our job? It’s simple, but not easy: Write our hearts out. Give that reader the very best that’s in us. And then, give some more.

About karinwritesdangerously

I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Greatest Gift

  1. Janis Quinn says:

    You know I’m not a writer by any stretch of the word. I like thinking about writing and enjoying others well written hard works created for me. One might say, I am a wanna be or not to be.
    You do inspire even me. Recently, I had seen the “Rum Diaries” a movie adaptation of a book written by in the 60s – when the author was only 22. It had been rejected many times. The story is about an alcoholic news writer who goes to Puerto Rico to work for a paper. Last year the movie came out. Among many quotable lines and quotes in the movie, one line I identified with is “I can’t write like me.” He didn’t know he was a writer.

    • Hi Janis,

      Thanks so much for your note and your kind words! I’m so glad that my
      blog inspires you! I think that there’s a writer in all of us — we
      just have to be kind to ourselves and give this wordsmithing spirit
      a chance to be free and express itself. Think of the journal you
      created for your grandchildren — what a wonderful gift it will be.
      And as a devoted reader, you also play a huge part in celebrating
      the mystery of words. So thank you!

      Read on,

Leave a Reply