I have had the aforementioned motivational poster framed and hung in my office for quite some time, but I feel the need to mention it this Sacred Sunday in my own “time of difficulty”.
Sometimes life swings a hard, unexpected fist at us, and it connects where we are weakest, and it breaks bones that will never heal the same. Sometimes, that quickly, life changes us. To survive through those times, we must find what is sacred to us and hold onto it and never let it go.
Words are sacred to me. Words are my church, my religion, my therapy, my soma, my friend, my family. Words are my everything when I feel I have nothing. Words come to me in secret spaces and hidden journals. Words understand me when no one else does. Words are there for me before anyone else tries to be. Words explain myself to me when I feel inexplicable.
Words save me in times of difficulty, and I believe truly that the right words–spoken, written, or read–in the right time, can save the world or condemn it. Martin Luther King Jr. understood that, and spoke beautifully, and spoke hard, and spoke true, even when it was difficult. I look up to him and that quote on my wall, and I remember.
I am dedicated to reading and writing. I am dedicated to words in ways I will never be dedicated to anything else. I listen to words over car speakers 12 hours per week, I write rushed words on lined paper in breakrooms at work, I type words and read them almost daily in the writing support group I’d mentioned last week.
Tonight the group posed the question: Are you a writer, an author, or a novelist?
All three words hold a different meaning for me, and I mused on each respective meaning at loquacious length in my reply. For this blog, I’ll summarize: I have always been and will always be a writer but am currently striving toward becoming a novelist with the ultimate goal of one day being a true author. I am absolutely dedicated and devoted to this. And in my time of difficulty, with the gracious help of some, I have remained faithful to my dedication.
What has saved you? What will you remain devoted to–throughout all of life’s changes and difficulties?