One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what’s true,
One life can make a difference,
You see, it’s up to you!
You know, you can go to the library or the book store and find shelves and shelves of self-help books, guides on how to (fill-in-the-blank), and 365 days of …
They are all around us. Alcoholics Anonymous, Alanon, Alateen, Overeaters Anonymous, and any other self-help group out there will shower you with books, guides, and such. Go to a Planned Parenthood and I am sure you’ll find a brochure or mini-book that tells of an experience or two. You can look at nearly any significant role in the world and they have written a best seller (or not) of their personal life or their secrets to doing, being, getting, having (fill in the blank). As I said..they are everywhere.
So what is my point? (I promise, I’m getting there!)
I love reading. I don’t read a whole lot of self-help books. I also don’t read much nonfiction. I did enjoy A Boy Called It. I also remember reading the biography of Martha Washington when I was younger. And Bill…yeah, the one from A.A, I never read that but I think almost everybody has heard of it his story.
I like good ol’ fiction. But just because it isn’t true accounts or self-helps and such does not mean it isn’t chalk-full of wisdom. As a writer you have the ability to impart wisdom. I just read a fictional novel about a young man with drinking and drugging problems he developed soon after his father died. None of the story was true but that doesn’t mean there was not wisdom to the book. I think the author did a great job of imparting truth and real life experiences through a fictional account. A story she dreamed up may very well save someone’s life or at least help them open their eyes and see that they are experiencing something similar.
This woman, who wrote that book, felt a truth upon her heart. She took the bold move to write what was pressed upon her heart and for that, she imparted wisdom upon many readers. She may never save a person by pulling them out from a speeding train. She may never cure cancer thus saving millions of lives. But she wrote a story that had truth, from her perspective, and for that small act, she (at least I believe this to be true) has made a significant difference in the life of someone. Maybe a lot of someones. Maybe even millions. It was totally up to her though. She had to take the step, write the story that was impressed upon her spirit. Without that very single act, that courageous step, she would never have been able to do such a brilliant thing.
What is impressed upon your heart? What story do you have inside you? You have the ability to impart some wisdom…whether you think it wisdom or not there is someone out there that needs to hear/read what you have to share. You have one life…and you can make a difference.
Are you going to write that story? You very well could save a life. You may help someone find love. You may prevent someone from making an awful mistake. It’s all up to you!