As a writer, one of my priorities is to encourage my readers — to put a positive spin on their day by adding a touch of humor, faith, helpful information, or any combination thereof. I do love to relate to people. Only… I seem to spend an awful lot of time at home, in front of my laptop. All by myself. You don’t have to be an eccentric recluse to write, but it would be mighty easy to become just that.
The danger in being a reclusive writer is that I would lose touch with the very resource that will sharpen my faith and humor, and bring about much of the helpful information I would like to share: namely, other people. If I just keep my rear in my desk chair all the time, my store of things to write about will soon run dry.
Fortunately, my magazine assignments get me out of the house and into other people’s lives. I have met some fascinating characters, and always learn something or gain some inspiration from each one. You can catch a few of these conversations in the sidebar.
But I have discovered another source of mutual inspiration and support: online friends, some of them fellow bloggers. On Fridays, I like to link up with as many “Company Girls” friends as possible. They may offer a frank look at some situation where they don’t know what to do, or perhaps where they have failed. I can usually relate, and their transparency blesses and encourages me. Equally inspiring are the victories or fresh insights they share. I’ve been challenged to pray with more faith; to be kinder to my home, my family and myself; to appreciate some blessings that God has showered on me, but which I had not even noticed. It is mutual, too: sometimes I hear that my words have blessed someone else. I have really hit it off with some of these ladies, who have become real friends. All good stuff!
But now, to complete the picture (and avoid becoming an eccentric recluse), I need to get out there and use what I have learned. And in the process, I can gain some insights of my own, and pass along some of God’s blessings to other people, which is the whole point of getting those blessings in the first place.
As near as I can figure, it’s a matter of balance. Indoor/outdoor; give/take; solitary/social; output/input; virtual/real-life. We all need each other; everybody has something to offer. And everybody has a story, as I may have mentioned before. I hope you will link up with some of the blogs in my sidebar or at today’s “Company Girl Coffee.”
Thanks for reading!