It is a loner's paradise. It's almost narcissistic. Always sharing your own thoughts, your own vulnerabilities, your own opinions, ideas and achievements. Yet, is that not how the world connects? We learn from others' trials, errors, and successes.
Ironically, quite often, writing is a one-way street. We (bloggers) throw our words out into space and have no idea who is catching them, grabbing hold or batting them away from their minds. My stats show that I have dozens who read my posts each day. Yet, I rarely know whether my words strike a common chord or provoke opposition. It's okay--because writers are bound by our calling-- not by the responses we receive.
We may encourage, annoy or enrage. We may never know what our words do. But writers just keep on writing. It's what we do. In every book I've ever read on writing and writing well, they've said that good writing must touch the minds and hearts of others. It must push emotional buttons. Even if the words anger others-- they accomplish a goal. I don't really like to anger folks. I am more into helping others make sense of their own lives by shining a light on mine.Hiding inner feelings or sugar-coating the way life is processed in day-to-day experiences, sucks sincerity out of our words. In every situation and circumstance I face, I find God in the center. He is my mainstay in all circumstances. He gets me through the tough times, but more importantly He walks with me in all the good times. I praise Him for His greatness and love Him for His mercy. I am so blessed.
If I fail to convey this with any post, I fail in writing.
I read a quote a couple of days ago that compliments my thoughts today: "Write what disturbs you, what you fear, what you have not been willing to speak about. Be willing to be split wide open." ~~Natalie Goldberg
I think of the Psalms. If David had not been willing to write about what "disturbed" him, what he "feared"--we wouldn't have some of the most quoted and consoling thoughts of God's Word. Had he not been "split wide open", millions upon millions would be parched and dry. Writers who express their deepest hurts, and how they depend on the Most High God to overcome them, give us hope. They inspire. They show us we are not alone in our walk in life.
In addition to Natalie Goldberg's list of things to write about, I think we could add: write what makes you smile, excites you, and lifts you to the stars and back. Be willing to share the joy you experience in friendships, and the security, love and kindness you receive from life. Be willing to risk the envy others have and the criticism their jealousy delivers as a result of your own happiness.
Can we split our souls wide open without feeling pain and heartache? It's doubtful. However, we can delight ourselves in the LORD and He will give us the desires of our hearts. As we revel in the blessings we receive, we heal our brokenness and, hopefully, mend a few other hearts along the way. selahV