I talked to one of my oldest friends last night. In the deepest and most revealing conversation we have ever had, he informed me of how much my blog has impacted his life.
I was floored. On the one hand, I was glad that he felt and understood what I was writing. On the other hand, I didn’t know that it would have that kind of effect on him, on anyone for that matter. I honestly thought people would just read it and say, “Oh, that’s a great, well-written article, but it’s just words on a page…I’m going to go back to what I was doing now. Thanks for sharing.”
In that one conversation, however, I realized that there’s more to it than that. I realized that what I write has actual life-changing power…and with that acknowledgment came the understanding that I not only have to continue, but I also have to give it everything I have because I just don’t know whose life is going to be affected, whose life is going to be changed.
It was a sobering experience, to say the least. But it filled me with a new passion and even more vigor for what I’m doing here.
To say that I love you all would be an understatement. What I feel is a desire to motivate you, to encourage you to move beyond the scope of what you believe is possible into a place of extraordinary greatness.
Now, I’m not naive. I know that even now there are some people who will read what I write because they are entertained, or because they just enjoy the way I write.
But there are others who stumble upon this and are genuinely affected and find within these words the power to change their lives and to confront the issues that have been plaguing their very existence.
Those are the people I am here for. They are my reason for doing this, the reason that I will always write with passion, zeal, and vigor. They are the reason I will always give my writing everything I have.
After all, what good is a gift that is never opened, or a talent that is never used to help anyone?