To all my readers:
I’ve been to a writing conference this week and it’s made me examine why I write. I have to conclude that it’s not just for myself. I want it to be for you too. I’ve been cheered by the compassion expressed after my latest painful posts (and painful pictures). It’s made me thankful for you. I feel like you are all kind of “my people”.
I feel like I should attempt to tell you why I write here. But first,
The NOT WHYS – I’m not:
trying to make you feel sorry for me
trying to present life as only full of hard things
trying to be sounding hopeless or bitter
trying to compare my life with anyone else’s
Really, I’m not.
What I want to do is offer the events of my life as an example of the hope that a very average person can have. We all have seasons when life is hard, and seasons when it is not so hard, maybe even joyful and fulfilling and interesting. Life is given to us as a learning experience and I love the ability to share the ordinary things that happen to me with you. I feel a responsibility to be fully aware of what can be learned from the ordinary and to think deeply on what might be of value to you as you read.
I love to show you the beauty of our physical spaces like my northern forests and wetlands. I share with you the fear of doctor’s visits and threats to physical health because we can learn that we are not alone. I tell you about the crazy stuff because I know we all need to laugh at the things we (I) do. I love to tell you about people like yourselves that are precious to me.
For me, my hopeful outlook is bound up in my faith. I believe in a God more loving than can be imagined and I should probably be telling you more often how I feel his love applied to me personally. I believe all of us “ordinaries” are unique and specially loved by God. Whether you believe as I do or not, doesn’t it comfort you, encourage, you to know that another person respects and values you because of their belief? Doesn’t it make you curious how that can be? I want to include that kind of conversation in my stories. I hope that in some way you can feel God’s love applied to you through what I write.
I have more to say about the writing conference but I needed to start with this, tonight. Thank you for being there and for reading.
12 thoughts on “You Are Special”
Well said Shirley.
I really enjoy your writing; I have enjoyed your Grand Canyon adventure and, like you, I am interested in the way people learn from ‘ordinary’ experiences.
Your readership is much appreciated! Thanks.
Yes, Shirley. The Light of the World shines through your writing. So glad you made it to the conference.
I didn’t get there in person. They were kind enough to switch my ticket to an online pass. It was kind of fun to watch it live. I did leave the house and go to my little office at my brothers business which was kind of like getting away.
I love your writing… now it is good to know the whys. Take care
I love your “wrtings”, Shirley! You certainly have a way with words, but, more importantly, you have a way with honesty, “down-to-earthness” — and a loving perspective on life. You probably should write a book! It’s been so long since I have seen you and Dennis — you probably hardly remember me, but I certainly remember you two — your love for each other and your passion for God. I still see that in your writings! I have and will continue to pray for you and Dennis.
Of course we remember you, and I have “stalked” your life via Facebook
and am gladdened and inspired by what I see.
hope today is treating you well! 🙂 thank you for sharing your why’s………you have a very special heart.
And you’re one of the readers I’m thankful for Wendi.
awww……thank you! God bless you for your kindness