Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. —Desmond Tutu
Why Tell Stories
Sometimes I wonder why I bother. Really. I wonder why I sit down and labor over a novel or a newsletter, and I ask myself, “What difference does it make? Does anyone care?” It’s at these moments that I have to remind myself that of course someone cares. Because I care. Even if no one else cares, I care, and that’s why I’m writing in the first place.
Every single piece that I write contains the same message, and that message is this: You are not alone.
Why do we write? We write to communicate. And why do we want to communicate? Because we care. Every single piece that I write contains the same message, and that message is this: You are not alone. And that message is also contained in every single book I read: You are not alone. The page is the place where two minds meet.
If you experience a moment in which you question why you write, please try to remember that every piece of writing is an outstretched hand. It’s a small measure of kindness and connection in a world that can feel like a very lonely place. We write for ourselves, yes, but we also write for others. When you remember that, it becomes easy to face the blank page.