In my last post, I explained what I felt it meant to be a writer. At the end of that post, I stated the following:
You dedicate yourself to your craft with your only hope being that you touch at least one other person through your writing. That it affects them and moves them in some form. You desire to spark some emotion, any emotion. Then as a writer, you feel deep gratitude if that person lets you know that your writing has indeed had an effect.
Because of this phrase, and the post, I received the highest honor a writer could receive. I am deeply humbled and as stated in the original post, grateful for the following comment:
blaNk, I would like to give you a shout out along with a formal thank you for letting me know my writing moved and inspired you.
That said, let’s jump right into today’s topic of aspiring to inspire.
In today’s rushed and chaotic world, we have demands put on us from every direction. It is so easy to become discouraged, distracted and what I like to call ‘numb’ to anything we do not have to take immediate care of. We have such a hard time meeting our personal needs and responsibilities, we often do not stop to think how our preoccupied on the go actions affect others around us.
As we fumble to navigate our ornate lives unaware of our impact, time keeps moving. Before we know it, we develop “blackout-itis syndrome” where we cannot remember who was around us at any given time or if we had a positive or negative effect on them. It is almost as if we partied hard for days, months or even sometimes years on end, then wake up one day wondering where we are, where we’ve been and most of all what we did. One thing we do know, it is one hell of a hangover.
Waking up from this blackout-itis syndrome takes away our confidence. It can leave us depleted and depressed. Feeling lost and alone, the last thing we desire or wish to do is be kind to others. Yet, it is the BEST thing we can do. I am a firm believer that the quickest way to lighten your own mood, put a smile on your face and feel good again, is to aspire to inspire someone else. Make someone else smile and there is an instant smile on your own face.
What blaNK did not know is that with this comment left on my blog post, I too was inspired to continue on my professional writing journey. This is just one example of how we can take the smallest moment out of our day, simply say something kind to another person and we get a HUGE return on that small investment. Who wouldn’t like that? Little effort, certainly not work, easy to accomplish… batta bing batta boom!
Moral, slow down, take your time, pay attention to those around you. Give compliments, smiles, hugs! Gain those returns by aspiring to inspire.