1. To Educate- With knowledge comes power.
A great spin off of Spider-man’s creed, “With power, comes great responsibility,” is that when we receive knowledge, then we have the ultimate power to make changes in our lives. With that power comes the responsibility to share our new found wealth with others.
Idea: Take something that you do really great, even if it is something small and disgusting like cleaning the toilet, and share how you accomplish this task with joy. Others will find this enlightening and it may even help them get through their day a little easier.
2. To Persuade- “If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.” Winnie the Pooh
When people know that they know something, many times they catch the itch to share that Aha moment with as many people as they can. This way they can lure others into thinking exactly like them.
Idea: Have a passion? Great! Share it. Individuals gather more inspiration from people that are inspired, than those who really know what they are talking about.
3. To Record Plans For The Future- “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon
Whether lists, dreams or detailed descriptions, people write to make a record of what they hope to infuse into their lives in the future. Many times people don’t even realize what their dreams are until they see them written form.
Idea: Write about who you would be if there was nothing holding you back? Don’t be skimpy with those dreams. Now tell someone else. Have them help you to make one of those dreams a reality.
4. To Reduce Boredom- “You never realize how boring your life is until someone asks what you like to do for fun.” Unknown
Yes, some people write just because they are bored. Hey, it is better than over eating, doing drugs or picking your nose.
Idea: Next time you are bored think of 100 ways to say no to people and write it down. I saw a funny list one day that had the most absurd excuses. I might even use one some day.
5. To Feel Worthy, That You Belong Somewhere- “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
By sharing your feelings, you are connecting with others that have felt the way you do. It is in this simple act of realizing that you are not alone in your struggles that you suddenly realize that you matter. Someone out there feels your pain and needs you to listen to theirs.
Idea: Tell of something that you struggle with, be specific and open with your feelings. I find myself gravitating to blogs of individuals who pour out their hearts, those who share their struggles and long to feel that someone cares.
6. To Express Their Individual Creative Compulsion- “Sometimes creativity is a compulsion, not an ambition.” Ed Norton
As the photo I chose to accompany this blog depicts, writing can keep us sane. There are times when I feel that I can’t breathe. Nothing screams out in my head that there is something wrong. I just need to express myself. It is then that I pick up my pen, or type on the computer, and let the words come straight from my brain down my arms and into my fingers. Most of the time, my brain doesn’t let me know what is coming out until I see it in front of me. It is times like this where I realize who is really in control of my sanity.
Idea: To get past your cognitive functioning process pick up a pen with the opposite hand than you usually write with and start writing. Try not to think about what you are going to say. Watch out. You may just be surprised what is actually going on in that brain of yours.
7. To Make A Diversion From Current Pain- “Running away from your problems is a race you will never win.” Unknown
When pain is too much to bear one cannot focus on the true problems at hand. It is at this moment where one needs to focus on the things that one does have control over. By being truthful with oneself over the little things, one can learn to open up and let go of the overwhelming junk that is hidden behind them.
Idea: Write a fictional story about someone who is dealing with your same struggles. Give this person a different name than yours. Let them suffer and then let them find a way of escape. Feel their accomplishments as your accomplishments. Share the story. Now pat yourself on the back.
8. To Purge Ones Feelings- “When a girl tells you about her problems it doesn’t mean she is complaining, it means she trusts you.” Unknown
Let’s be honest, sometimes we just need to complain. A volcano cannot hold itself together when it is about to explode. If the feeling is overwhelming, one needs to let a little water out of the dam, or else the walls will break. One of the best places one can complain and still be accepted unconditionally is in a blog. People there know that sometimes you just need to be listened to. So don’t belittle yourself, or say you are sorry. That is why we are hear, to listen to and be listened to. Go ahead and vent (although I would appreciate you not using your vulgar swear words, but that is just me.)
Idea: Write a list of things that you would like to complain about. Now write a list of things that you can’t complain about. Tough huh? You can’t complain about having to make it rain tomorrow, or to feed the worlds hunger, or even to complain about green aliens stealing your potato chips (I hope not at least). Now sigh. See things aren’t so bad.
9. To Work Through Feelings- “Some people say time heals everything. I say writing does.” Brooke Pavon
Brokenness can be repaired. Words have the awesome power to heal. When words are written for the eye to see they suddenly become alive, somehow taking on a life of their own. As I said before, sometimes people don’t realize what they are thinking until they express their thoughts. Seeing their feelings on paper let’s individuals come to grips with reality and then choose whether or not they will change that reality. Letting go takes time. The pen does not complain that you are taking too long, the computer cursor doesn’t curse you for adding or deleting new revelations. Life is a process of understanding how one feels at every moment. Just as soon as you figure it out, it changes. Mood swings are expected, life is unpredictable. As long as one is open to major in themselves, then education will need no graduation day.
Idea: Write a letter to someone who hurt you. Let it all out, cry and then forgive them. Do this for you, not because they deserve it. You need to let go of the past so that it does not control you, and hurt you any more. Now go burn the letter. No one needs to read it. It was for you. A gift to yourself.
10. To Encourage Others- “When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal someone else.” Iyania Vanzant
By sharing your story you are reaching behind you to shine the flashlight in the dark places where people are stumbling behind you. You’ve been there, now help somebody. They are lost and alone just like you were. Be compelled to write so that others can feel your pains, and then celebrate also with your victories. Make a difference with someone today. Go write!
Idea: “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. ~Toni Morrison