This post was inspired by unfortunate events, that of the natural disaster kind: Parts of my hometown, in Ohio, was destroyed by a tornado on March 2, 2012. This morning while outside on a jog a message was piecing itself together. Therefore, I am just going to let it flow, organically, into this first blog offering. Ironically, it goes along very well with what “Writing Down Life” means to me.
As a writer, of any genre, how are we, or can we be, of service to those around us? Sure, we can provide a service such as editing, copy writing or even writing an article…but what good comes out of it? How does it serve not only the person/company who pays us, but society as a whole?
If you are a self or creative writer, how does what you write affect people? Does it have a positive impact or are you solely writing out the strange scenarios that play out in your mind for your own purposes?
Personally, being both a creative writer and a journalist, when I sit down to write I always have the audience in mind. I ponder how, what I put out there into the world will impact others. I always want my work, even my poetry, to have a good impact or a meaningful message for the reader. I refuse to produce something that is not going to be good for people’s spirits.
This revelation comes after nearly a lifetime of growth as a writer: When I was younger, the articles I wrote for my high school newspaper came from a deep respect for and of, human interest. I took the time to truly see the person I was writing about. I wrote in a way that was truthful and caring. The outcome was usually very well received. As an adult, I have continued to produce the same kind of quality…even when providing a service to others. When I co-authored/edited my first book, I went above and beyond to not only give the project my all to benefit the person I was working for; to also keep that positivism flowing through a tough topic.
When I went about putting this blogsite together I asked myself a couple of tough questions: 1) How can I make an impact that will be positive and stay true to my writer’s voice and 2) How can I make this blog different than what others seem to be producing?
My goal is to not only educate my audience but also provoke; for I want what I share to be provocative in a way that you walk away maybe a little confused at times. Because if you do, that means I have made you think and perhaps opened your eyes to something new.
Yes, I would like to provide you with the traditional services if you’ll let me, however, I believe my greatest service to you would be being honest, to share the world as I know it (it’s pretty cool out there) and to have a positive spirit that reaches inside your heart and moves you to action.
14 thoughts on “Being of Service: What Does it TRULY Mean?”
Good post. Everything we do should be guided not only by talent or interest, but by meaning.
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I’ve been thinking about this a lot, too, and when I read this today, it rsnaeoted with me: I believe in magic or want to. I want flying saucers to be true, and I want life to exist on Mars . . . And just at dawn in an eighteenth-century castle built of rose-colored stone in Dumfriesshire, I have reason to think I saw a ghost. All of which is to say I am a congenital believer, a helpless hungerer after the marvelous as solace and adventure and escape. I am also a fabricator, and I am willing to believe that the whole business of God in my life may be something I have fabricated out of my need for solace and adventure if not for escape because religion has never seemed escape to me. Frederick Buechner. I completely see your questions about what happens if someone looks deep within to not find that sense of peace. All I can say is that such a feeling would truly be hell to me. But I expect my own sense of knowing God, believing in God, might seem hell to someone else as well. I’ll keep thinking on this if you will.
Hello & thanks for your comment. Well, if it’s any consolation to you…if God is a figment of my imagination, I’ll keep it! I don’t know where i’d be without my relationship with Him…real of imagined! That true sense of peace that fills me up, daily…priceless! 🙂
Keep on thinking…i’m all about thinking. 🙂
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