A true writer is a teacher, first, last and always a teacher. I have come to believe there is a joy, a something which I can bring up from my typewriter which might make a difference in the world. We all arrive at this moment. To believe it is in us, and to act upon that notion, defines who we are. (POTP p.18)
Now, as a writer, I try each night at my desk to push out into the darkness and across the water the sound of my voice, hoping someone will wave back, or shout, like my echo, a greeting: “Yes! Hello! I have felt that way too!” (POTP p.26)
These ideas are part of why this book made such an impact on me. My first book is selling and I am in the process of writing the second. I’m beginning to speak of myself as a writer or an author. I believe I have a voice, and a story to tell, so I found myself responding to De Vinck, saying, “Yes! Hello! I have felt that way too!”
This blog exists to send my voice into the darkness and across the water so that you, the reader, might say, “I have felt that way too!” I effort to make all of my posts transparent and authentic so that you can relate and feel safe sharing your thoughts. When I’ve erred in my thinking, I want to talk about it so that others might avoid my error, or feel safe sharing theirs. Like the first quote said, “a true writer is a teacher…” and that’s exactly what I strive to be.
I will be true. I am a writer. I am a teacher.
I would never place myself in their stratosphere, but I like to think of myself like a Rosa Parks, or a John the Baptist: a voice calling out in the wilderness. I don’t think Mrs. Parks intended to “change the world” when she decided to keep her seat on the bus, I believe she had enough and decided she would be silent no longer. I will not be silent either. I have felt that way too.
I want to change your world with the words God gives me. You, the reader, the receiver of these ideas, the person with the can to their ear connected to me by the twine we call the World Wide Web. We’re communicating, you and I, and I write to teach… hoping you will shout back.
I shared this quote last night, when I was speaking to “The Friends of the Taylor County Library.”
I came to believe this much: good words are worth the work. Well-written words can change a life. Why is this? Words go where we never go—Africa. Australia. Indonesia…
Written words go to places you’ll never go.
…and descend to depths you’ll never know.
Readers invite the author to a private moment. They clear the calendar, find the corner, flip on the lamp, turn off the television, pour the tea, pull on the wrap, silence the dog, shoo the kids. They set the table, pull out the chair and invite you, “Come, talk to me for a moment.” The invitation of a lifetime.
Accept it. We need your writing. This generation needs the best books you can write and the clearest thinking you can render. – Max Lucado, The Write Stuff
I have felt that way too! That’s why I write.
Maybe you don’t write, but De Vinck believes that we ALL arrive at the moment where we think we can make a difference in the world. Wether it’s organizing events, broadcasting into the social network world, volunteering, adopting, writing a congressman, becoming a congressman, running a marathon, launching a blog, losing weight, spending time with your kids, playing golf, whatever it might be; you’ve believed you can make a difference in the world. How you act upon that notion defines who you are.
De Vinck shared Oliver’s story and today you are reading this blog, Christopher is still changing the wold with Oliver’s story. Your actions can go to places you’ll never know and descend to depths you’ll never know… but first you must act. I’m acting, I hope you will too.