The great thing about writing is that ANYBODY can do it even if they dictate into a tape recorder. It may be true that writers are like college football players-only one in ten thousand makes the big time, but no one really knows who that one person will be and the impact their words can have to change a life, even if its just one person. How do you put a price on that? No, fame and fortune are NOT what writing is all about, nor should it be our goal. Having a meaningful impact on SOMEONE. Maybe THAT person will change the world because of US. Did you ever think about that?
As I get older and time is getting short, I am beginning to wonder what impact my life will have and on whom? We are all in the same boat. How will be remembered? Think about those words when you are tempted to stray from a path of integrity for the sake of short term gain-an ever increasing scenario it seems in today’s get rich quick mentality at any cost. Think about how those who are left behind will remember you. Sobering thought isn’t it? But lately, it doesn’t seem like a lot of people care. But being famous and rich is the goal of many, but does it really matter?
I don’t know about you, but I want to be remembered as a person of integrity who really cared about people and tried to help them and tried to make a difference in their lives and in the world and leave the world a better place.
Rich? We are all rich if just one person truly loves us. Famous? Just look into the eyes of that adoring child, whether it be a son, daughter, nephew, niece who looks at you with love in their eyes and ask them who is famous.
How can we make a difference to those we love who admire us? By leaving a legacy of our written words to them-preferably handwritten. Computers are SO impersonal. There is nothing like reading the actual handwriting of someone we love, especially if they are no longer here. A member of our prayer group–Michael recently died at 93. For years, I encouraged him to write a personal, handwritten memoir to each of his 11 offspring and 28 grandchildren telling them things about himself and HIS grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends, his work, that his family never knew and how those things shaped his life and his personal memories of their lives and things they shared. What a gift to give and all it takes is time to write, yet what an impact it can have on their lives!!!
At Michael’s funeral, I asked one of his sons whether he had received such a personal memoir. “I sure did” came his reply. And he added: ” I will treasure it for the rest of my life and my children and grandchildren will share it and treasure it when I am gone and maybe even do the same with their children and grandchildren about their lives with me.
So you see, we do not need to be a rich and famous author to have a tremendous impact on an awful lot of lives.
Tell me what you think about this.
Best wishes, Bob Phillips