There’s something about writing that brings out my sense of personal power. When I fail to take the time to write for me, that feeling slips silently away. Now that I’m back on the blogging horse, I’m beginning to feel that delicious sense of power returning. When I blog regularly, it’s as if a switch flips in my mind, activating my “blog radar” which keeps me focused on finding interesting things to say and interesting ways to say them.
Not everything is appropriate blog fodder, however. Out in the world today, for example, I noticed a sign outside a church that read,”Aspire to inspire.” Clever, maybe even slightly thought-provoking but ultimately a little trite for my taste. Which is not to say it wasn’t good for ten minutes of wordplay with my Sweetie. We came up with some (we think) amusing variations on the inspirational rhyming sign, including, “conspire to aspire to inspire,” “inspire to aspire to conspire,” and, finally, “inquire within about aspiring to conspire to inspire.” I tell ya, we crack each other up with our silly verbal shenanigans… Hey, Church of the Divine Rhyming Sign, thanks for your contribution to our required daily dose of entertainment.
Ultimately, of course, a sign is a sign and a blog post is a blog post. The sign did a great job of making its point at 50 MPH; hopefully, I can write something a bit more substantive for consumption at a considerably slower speed. While it didn’t turn out to be the inspiration I was seeking, I may not have noticed that sign at all if I hadn’t been actively seeking something to fuel my writing fire. Noticing it was part of the process of being open for inspiration
The destination du jour was our hair salon. Hanging on the wall there, I perused a framed piece of artwork featuring the Storyteller’s Creed. I’ve seen it there on previous occasions but today I was curious – and and open-minded – enough to give it my full attention. It reads:
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge,
That myth is more potent than history,
That dreams are more powerful than facts,
That hope always triumphs over experience,
That laughter is the only cure for grief,
And I believe that love is stronger than death.
Tonight I did some research and learned that the Storyteller’s Creed was written by Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Now that’s a guy who appreciates and can express the human condition!
Now these words touched me and inspired me to write. I was touched by his tribute to the art of storytelling; celebrating the power of a well-wrought tale. Deeply considered, thoughtful storytelling captures the imagination, conveys wisdom and shares memories, elevating our human potential for greatness. If I can do all that with my writing, I am more than just a storyteller. I am a superhero and words are my power.