What type of question is this, you might ask. A valid one, I would say, but coming from an author, it does seem somewhat strange. Words are like the bricks in my life. Sometimes they build a solid foundation and other times, they crack and break away. But, I believe we all agree that they have a mystical power that mankind still have to unravel.
To a writer or author, words are the essence of our existence. It is the only way that we are able to express ourselves at our deepest level. Take a musician for example; every note flows into a river of harmony that speaks to millions around the globe regarding the same topic, evoking the same emotion. Magic? No, it is an universal language that we all understand and share and connect through. So, it is the same with words. As an author, I find a way to connect with a certain crowd that resonates to me, to my soul and I would like to share an important enlightening moment or message with them. Within this message I create a world to where they can escape to and find hope, life or whatever they have a lack of in the natural world. Once they find it, they experience it and it becomes a part of them again, resting in the soul, bearing the essence of life. There is power in the tongue, good and evil. In this world that I create, I hope to leave some hope for the lost, for I know what a lonely soul feels like, how hopeless you are when in this buys hustle and bustle world we live in, no soul takes notice of the hurt and pain, the signs are there. Yet, they turn a blind eye.
My desire is that my words might heal, might give them wings to take flight over their situation and pain, to see that somewhere over the hill the future does bring light again, laughter and purpose. That, beyond that hill, a crowd is standing and cheering them on to carry on, that they are almost there and to see the relief, delight and realisation of victory! And that I am standing in the front, yearning to be the first to greet them, to congratulate them on completing the journey. Whispering in his or her ear that this too is possible in the real world and that if they could face their fears in my world, they are knights and hero’s in the real world.
See, books might be just empty words and many pages of nothingness to most people, but to some it is power, wisdom and vision that they too can face the real demons and fears of this world. For those who are brave enough to finish the book, the journey, that at the end they too get a reward. The victory to transcend it from their fantasy to their reality and that someone journeyed the same path and won the battle, that they too can make it through. In every word, coming from my finger tips, is every word engraved in endless love, thought through and hoped to find a heart to inspire.
“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write” – Martin Luther
Most authors have a message to share, a life to change, a truth to tell, and they do it in such a fashion that it represents mankind on a universal level.
“Writing is the painting of the voice” – Voltaire
But here’s one of my favourites and it says it all in one go, where I struggle to. “One book, one pen, one child and one teacher can change the world” – Malala Yousafzai
Authors have to ponder on their thoughts, write and re-write to make is sound and feel the way it ought to, to hit the target, bulls eye. This is the only way to have an impact, to start a movement. Books ought to sell themselves, wise words from a dear friend of mine and children’s author.
Have I convinced you so far? Not, well, words start wars and they end them too. Words bind marriages and end them as well. You lay bricks day by day in the character and soul of your children, so choose wisely what you say, pause and think about what you are about to say, because once it is said, it is going to take a lot to make it undone.
Use your words wisely, because it can either build someone up, encourage them to be the best person aspiring to live life to the fullest. Or, it can break down, hurt and injure a precious heart. Eventually have life altering consequence.
Be the hero to a friend, be compassionate and kind. It doesn’t cost much, so make the effort, think about what you do and say, be conscious about the person sharing the house or car with you, the classroom or workspace. Sharing some love and kindness won’t hurt anyone. And a compassionate household, creates a compassionate community that will eventually spill over to the world around us and so forth.
I bid you a kind and loving week wherein you may experience all the good that life can give, but also realise that you might be the giver during this week.