I’m in the midst of reading SARK’s Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper. It’s one of those books about writing which causes you to pause and digest the meaning. Sometimes for days.
One of the sentences which stands out to me is this one on page 49:
All of our words and stories are gifts, to and from the world.
I paused and thought. Is that true?
Something in me recoiled. Is it true that ALL of our words are gifts? Some words cut like a knife. Some words make you feel as if someone has chopped of your right arm.
But then, searing words can be a gift too, if you search for the benefits of the situation. If nothing else, biting words coming your way suggest that perhaps you should remove yourself from the situation. After words come action, you see. So even biting words have their use- as a warning from those whose company you might not need to keep.
Still, I think I see what the author is saying.When the words are meant to be helpful, the fact that they are a gift to the world is more obvious.
For example, I recently suffered through a strong bout of IMPOSTER SYNDROME. It happened just as I planned to launch something that I have never had the guts to do before. So I asked my group if anyone can share a story of conquering Imposter Syndrome.
A story. I was asking for a story.
Why? Because I was hoping to follow in the footsteps of people just like me. I had hoped to make their story of success my story. There is something powerful in seeing or hearing someone else conquer what seems insurmountable for you.
I thought too of my own article here on this website – Why Your Blog is Necessary. To sum it up, I say in that article that your blog is necessary because the marketplace of ideas is bare without you. Someone might need to hear from you. You never know who can use your story right at that moment. So stick your neck out and say something.
I needed to take my own advice.
I ended up agreeing with SARK after all. Your words and stories can become a gift to the world. Someone might need to see your shoe prints where they would like to tread. What’s your story?
Peace Be With You,
P.S. This goes back to what we’ve discussed earlier – What is your primary gift to the world? Your gift could be words.