The Power of Words

People often ask me why I write. Some because they disagree with much of what I have to say, but most just want to know what drives me to it.

My answer is simple. I don’t write because I want to, I write because I have to. There is something inside me compelling me to write. I do not always choose the topics, they sometimes choose me. Something I see, or hear, or remember, or read sparks an idea.

These ideas delve deep into my mind, often churning and churning just below the conscious level, fermenting and ripening until they burst forth into my consciousness, then driving me to a keyboard or pen and paper to capture these thoughts.

Much of what I write is driven by a concern and caring I have for this country, this world, and this universe. To paraphrase a line from Robert Kennedy who borrowed it from George Bernard Shaw, “Some see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?”

Some see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?

It is in stimulating discussions and sparking thoughts in others that are the reward in writing, even if it causes some to challenge the ideas or argue against them.

Yet there is a rare moment when something I write strikes a familiar chord with almost everyone. I can see it in the comments made in response to these pieces. Just words–an arrangement of twenty-six letters and some punctuation marks–can reach around the world and touch someone’s soul.

This is the power of words and it is for moments like those that I spend my limited time on this planet writing. I hope the ideas keep churning away…


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