Earlier today, a friend inadvertently reminded me of one of the greatest things about writing. It’s not just for the melodic overture that silently plays as words form sentences and transport themselves from my brain to my fingertips and onto the screen. It’s not the myriad number of ways I am able to express myself. It is simply the fact that I am allowed to engage with people in a way that brings me joy.
When I post a blog, I certainly look at my stats to see how many people have stopped by to read what I have written. But somewhere along the way, I have disconnected from the truth behind those statistics. Those numbers represent people who have taken the time to ingest my words, who have possibly connected to what I had to say and who may share the same thoughts that I have shared.
I was reminded today that my words have an impact on people. It’s not just looking at statistics on a blog. It’s realizing that I am able, through my writing, to make a connection with people on a level far greater than I imagined. I can reach people who I cannot see. I can engage with people I know or even people I may never meet. I can speak to people without uttering a word out loud.
Writing this blog has not only allowed me to connect with the hidden parts of myself, it has enabled me to become a part of so many other lives. This morning, this friend told me she spent an entire day thinking about a post of mine that she had read in the winter. Her words gave so much worth to my words and this blog post is my way of thanking her for giving me the kick in the pants I needed to get back to writing more frequently. Thanks Erin!