Ten Words

A few months ago I read a post called I Write to Unravel Life’s Lies. The headline drew me in, but the words that followed spoke huge truths.

The critical whispers are louder than the loudest shouts of praise. The doubt speaks more often than the affirmation.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who says “me too” when reading something like this, and I suggest taking the time to read that post in its entirety.

We’re not the only ones who are afraid or who fear rejection.

It’s sad for me to admit this, but there are so many things about life that I’m uncertain about — so much of it is unclear to me.

But I do know that underneath all of the questions that I have, there are some really amazing truths that keep me going.

I’m not a huge reader, and I never have been. In fact, I can count the number of books I’ve read over the past few years on one hand.

This isn’t something I’m particular proud to admit to you, especially since I consider myself a creative and intellectual guy.

Last year I read Packing Light, written by Allison Vesterfelt. I came across ten words in her book — and things for me have never be the same.

Where your passion meets their need, that is your calling.

Now these might not be as impactful to you as they are to me, but if you know what I’ve been going through in the past year you’d understand.

I’ve learned a couple of things along the way:

1. I love to write and the fire has been rekindled.
2. I love to help and encourage people.
3. I love being creative.

Jeff Goins wrote something a few months ago that resonated with me.

Most writers struggle with the same thing, one little thought that threatens to destroy their message before it ever leaves their fingertips: what I say doesn’t matter.

Not a day goes by that I don’t wonder if my efforts are worth it. I wonder if the time I spend sharing my story actually makes a difference.

But one thing I know is this.

Even if one life is changed by what I say, it was definitely worth it.

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