In this season of gift-giving, you should remember how God has gifted you with the ability to take words and fashion them into stories. Think about how excited you get when you find a book you can really get lost in for hours and go far, far away. Remember how you gave a happy, little sigh when it was done, already wishing you had another to sink your mind into? All of us are gifted in one way or another. I truly believe that. I’m in awe of good cooks and public speakers, but I always encourage others to try their hand at writing. It can be journaling, keeping a diary, or (yet another cause of envy), crafting hand-decorated notes to friends or clever mantras posted on the fridge to bring a smile to someone’s day. Maybe your own?
I believe everyone has at least one good story in them, a story that needs telling. A seed that requires watering in order to break the surface and see the sun. Sometimes, a story needs telling in order to bring pain to the surface so it can finally been seen and dealt with. It’s one way to deal with anger—by writing it down. Usually, whatever you’re angry about isn’t worth dying over. Let it go by writing it down.
There are a hundred reasons to write. If you don’t believe me, check out the National Writing Project’s “One Hundred Reasons Why I Write” and pick one that suits the circumstance. My two favorites are writing to find myself and writing to lose myself. To me, that says it all. You might write something down for clarity, or to finally get it right. To get it perfect before you say it aloud. I thought writing “to know what makes bad people good and good people bad” covers a lot of reasons why born writers delve into what makes people tick. Ever hear the saying about fools rushing in where angels fear to tread?
Consider writing a Christmas story this season and giving it as a gift to those you hold close in your heart. It can be a warm memory of growing up together, or a tale of the holidays that’s born in your imagination. It doesn’t have to be long—they’ll know it came from the heart.
Thanks for walking through the corridor with me, and have a Blessed New Year!