“The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away.”
What a wonderful surprise! When I opened a note from one of my blog readers and friends, Cathy Trementozzi, I was excited to see that she was interviewed by a newspaper about her job-hunting experience (http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/local/2014/08/02/new-jerseys-workforce-eager/13470291/). But even more exciting for me was the fact that she has as the result of her recent success in business and travel writing, she’s begun to tap a talent she never knew she had.
As a word lover and writing enthusiast, I always find it wonderful to see someone with as many interests and ideas as Cathy begin to find her voice and confidence on the page. There’s so much she has to share — that we all have to share — and what better way to do it than through the written word? Cathy definitely believes in the power of words: She’s an Ambassador for LitWorld and introduced me to this wonderful organization and its work with kids (see LitWorld Enlivens).
While the therapeutic value of journaling has been widely explored, there’s also much to be said about the motivational power that flows from writing. When we write about a subject we care about, we’re energized and enlivened. Writing encourages us, not just to marshal our thoughts, but to understand what we think and why. It prompts us to move from familiar territory into the unknown, where treasures await us. And it gives us a way to pass on what we know and we’ve learned so that others may take light from our light.
There are so many ways that writing enriches our lives. Just recently, I saw a documentary on Mark Twain and the impact of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It’s a book that changed lives and captured the American spirit at a crucial point in our history. And it all happened because of one man sitting at a desk with a sheaf of paper and a pen.
So let’s be bold and fearless in pursuing our passion for the written word, wherever it takes us. Whenever we sit down to write, we join a long and illustrious line of storytellers. Bravo, Cathy — write on!