A few days ago, I wrote a piece; a selfish piece concerning the fact that I have never been paid for any of my writings. I have since deleted it from my blog. In fact reading it back to myself just before I deleted it, I said to myself, "Shame on you!"
Back in 2000 for some strange reason still unbeknownst to me, the gift of writing came to me. You see, while growing up, I hated to write. I would freak out when a teacher would state that the next project was a term paper. Heaven forbid it was due on a Monday and it still was not done. Well, the dreaded ticking sound heard on 'Sixty Minutes' was akin to a dooms-day clock. That sound still gets to me even when nothing is due by me as a fifty-year-old woman. But, I do tell my kids about it.
As a faithful person, I have to believe it was given to me by God or a higher power if that is the name you choose to use in order to reach out to the masses with a message. There are times after viewing the most horrific photos of death-and-destruction in Iraq or any number of places is where I race to the keyboard to pound out a message of my condemnation. But, before I do so and as a faithful person, I pray to my patron saint, St. Joan of Arc. She is after all, the warrior saint.
To my fellow bloggers, you may become angry that a more notable person is sending out a similar message or where you feel they got the idea from you; reality is, you may never know. But, isn't getting the message out more important? After all, both you and the more noted writer or on-air journalist who does get paid are sending out a message that all must listen to.
At that moment in time, you are as angry as a bull with steam fuming from your nostrils feeling someone stole your idea. Did they? Can you prove so? So, you sit and stir never fully realizing the message is far more important than who delivers it. That was the biggest lesson I learned today.
As I sat in church today listening to one reading on Ash Wednesday, it basically stated, "do not let others see you fast and pray, but do so in a more private way" It is then you will be rewarded." It may not be monetary where I do feel most bloggers strive for, the ultimate reward shall be someone heard your lone message and decided to act upon it. Isn't that the purpose of a writer? Just one person hearing you and acting upon it is more powerful than those who are listened to by the hundreds of thousands and where the message conveyed may never be acted upon. Your solitary act as a writer is then far more powerful to those who need your assistance.
My advice as a fellow writer of eight years is to always listen to your heart to know what the message needs to be, convey it and yes hope someone actually listens to it. What you are doing is an actual service. Try not to write of the same issues that everyone else seems to be writing of, because it may be lost and never listened to by that lone person who does have the actual power to change things for the better.
Perhaps your payment is changing the life of but one person for the better and in this world of greed: Isn't that far better? I will leave you to decide that as you sit down in front of your keyboards to pound out a message. Now go do it! Someone is waiting for you.
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