Thursday, August 5, 2010

What Impact Do Your Words Have?

Have you ever wondered if the world would be different if you gave up writing?

No matter if you’re a published author or not, you may have questioned if anyone would care if you quit.

All the people who have read your words have been altered whether the words are in a post, Facebook status or on Twitter, poems for family or hand-written thank-you notes, someone is being touched.

There are over 6,600,000,000 people who live on planet Earth. In the Big Picture, we are but small drops in a big ocean.

Unless you are a world leader or some sort of celebrity, you will touch only a small number of people. BUT through that group, your posts, status, tweets or hand-written notes will spread through the universe with the potential to touch unknown thousands or hundreds of thousands of people.

Because of the possibility to impact so many, you have an amazingly creative choice about your writing.

Write about what you love and value.

A well-written book or poem doesn’t usually happen in one hour let alone one day.

It’s the process or journey that counts. The pay-off may be small, to you. But not to those who have been touched by your words.

Here is a recent example of an impact of words:

A friend sent an email to nineteen friends, including me. I laughed when I read it and let her know I was going to post it as my Facebook status.

Thirty-one people liked my status or left a comment. One such comment produced fun teasing the next night and eleven more people heard and laughed about the status.

That’s over SIXTY people who were impacted by one sentence in twenty-four hours. Who knows how many more passed it on?

The sentence?

I don't want to brag or make anybody jealous or anything,

but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school.


Paul West said...

You're boggling my mind with the possibilities. It sounds like Einstein's theory of relativity, LOL.

Okie said...

A very thought provoking post not only for writing but for life.

We may never know (and seldom can know) what impact our actions/words/writing will have. Sometimes it's obvious. Sometimes it's huge and influential.

But most of the time, it's on a subtle, individual level and we may never find out where we made a difference.

But that's perfectly ok. :)