Welcome to the Blast o’ Joy blog … my running commentary on how to live your joy, one day at a time (something I’m personally working on constantly.) It’s not meant to replace my Joy Letter, but simply to supplement – my way of helping you uncover all the joy you can stand.
I’m writing this entry from the remarkably cool, dry, sunny Taos mesa where I am leading the Taos Writer’s Spa this week. 26 remarkable women have joined Jennifer Louden and I for a week of writerly nourishment. And the first question on the table is … ‘Am I really a Writer?’
This was asked by a participant who feared she was far too inexperienced, not published, and therefore ‘not really a writer’. Our first lesson… if you care enough about getting your message out, and the message wants to show up somehow in words, you are indeed a writer.
What’s important is how your message lands. And who hears it. And when. So it’s not about the beauty of your writing, your esteemed position in the literary hierarchy, or even whether you ever get published. It’s about caring enough to put your message into words, and then putting that in a place where it can be found by the people who need to find you. (Please extrapolate this if you’re drawn to some other kind of work … i.e. business, coaching, or performing. The nut of it still the same.)
Interestingly, several people are not writing books while they’re here, but web sites and blogs. They’re simply using their writing in a new and different way to reach they’re people.
I’m clearer than ever that the purpose of my life, to move people to express themselves, has everything to do with giving people permission to grow -- to take up more space in the Universe and to really be heard.
Happily, that’s my first job here at the Writer’s Spa this week. You have no idea how grateful I am for the opportunity.