Raison D’être

546760_320224311386850_165535573522392_784888_800024718_nThe Daily Post:  Why do you create? Publish a post about your artistic raison d’être.

I’ve written about this before, but when this challenge came up, I thought my words were worth sharing again.

After years of writing by a stream in a cow pasture, hiding my words from the world, between the pages of a worn-down journal, I have found my voice, and so I write.

Writing is like purging my soul. Sometimes, the words I spew onto the paper are words I’m unable or unwilling to say aloud. Other times, I have a story to tell.

Whether it’s laughter or the dark side of life, the human spirit inspires me. I write in pursuit of lost memories, gathering them to me like a squirrel gathering nuts before the winter cold.

I’m inspired to leave a legacy of words and stories for my family. Stories to touch their hearts, comfort them, and memories they don’t have to spend a lifetime seeking.

I write not that, in the end, my singular voice matters more than others do, or will move mountains, but perhaps, it will become one of many and create a chorus of positive change.

 

Why do you create? Write? 

I’d love to hear your comments. Talk to me. Tell me your story and look for me on Facebook at SheilaMGood,  PinterestBloglovinTwitter@sheilamgood, and Contently.

 

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17 thoughts on “Raison D’être

  1. I love this paragraph, “Whether it’s laughter or the dark side of life, the human spirit inspires me. I write in pursuit of lost memories, gathering them to me like a squirrel gathering nuts before the winter cold.

    “The pursuit of lost memories, gathering them to me like a squirrel gathering nuts,” or perhaps the pursuit of values gone to the wind by our continual egotistical blindness of what is happening around us. You have something to say, and your voice whether it is heard by family, friends, or some stranger that needs to hear it at an appropriate time will touch them. You have been given a special gift. The call you hear is the expression of the spirit within you yearning to fly as you give this call a meaning in words.

    Have a great weekend.
    Shalom Aleichem,
    Patricia

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  2. I write for precisely for the same reasons you stated in your post, Sheila. The metaphor of the squirrel gathering nuts is particularly striking, as our time to write is limited. I write for the family, but in a larger sense for the world. Thank you for an inspiring post that raised many important questions!

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  3. Hi Sheila. I love this, especially the last line, about not moving mountains with your singular voice but in a chorus. That is great!!!
    I write, because I love words, and sometimes I have things to say that I know the paper on which I write, will never shun, question or think is silly.

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  4. I write because I’ve always wanted to be a writer and finally some excellent story ideas came to mind. Now if only I could find the time needed to get them all written, I’d be good to go. Alas, I will use the time I have to push forward toward my goals. Great post!

    Julianne
    Ink & Stitches – http://blog.jhwinter.com

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  5. Good post. Writing is my favorite of expressing myself. Blogging has made it even more interesting. K have posts that are humorous, other days may posts are therapeutic. So, it is a great of of expression our thoughts and feelings. Also, I love to entertain. So story telling is the best form.

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  6. I write, not so much so people will read and like it, as I feel the need to create. Sometimes it’s worth reading and other times it is just cathartic for me. I am aware that whatever I post is open for all to see so I am probably not as honest as I would be. But, I do enjoy writing, knowing that perhaps someone will read one of my posts, be encouraged and smile. Thanks for your blog – I really enjoy it! http://www.dianeweidenbenner.com

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