By Terry Gassett
Each time I sit down to write, I am sure that I cannot do it again. I am sure that I can’t possibly form words and sentences that will once again translate my soul onto paper. It doesn’t matter how many times I have done it before, or how well written a previous piece might have been, or even how much positive feedback I received, I always freeze when my fingers first touch the keypad.
I remember the same thing happening when I performed at piano recitals as a young woman. Although I had faithfully practiced for months before each event, (until both my professor and I were convinced I was ready to perform), I can still remember my hands freezing at the precise moment of contact between the tips of my fingers and the smooth ivory keys of the baby grand. It was as if I was frozen in time and space, unsure if my brain would remember the sequence of notes, or if it could or would transmit the proper signals at the proper time to motivate my fingers to move across the keys. And if I did manage by some miracle to get the notes and timing right, how would I ever pull off expressing the emotion the piece both demanded and deserved?
Writing and music are both beautiful art forms. Both enhance our world and enrich our experience of it. The birthing process in each is simultaneously beautiful and painful. As an artist struggling to bring forth each new creation, finding myself mired in emotions, which often spans the spectrum from euphoria to despair, is an all too common occurrence.
So why even put myself through such unnecessary angst?? The answer, to me, is simple – because art matters. Because my words matter. .”
I didn’t formally step into my calling as a writer until I was in my mid-fifties. Although I had always written, I never had the courage to call myself one, until I read Jeff Goins’ book, “You Are a Writer.” The truth of those words so resonated with me that I found the courage to proclaim them for myself! Not more than a week after I had, my first article submission was accepted for publication in an online lifestyle magazine.
Here’s why I do it. Here is the reason I sit at the keypad and face the paralyzing fear of failure over and over again: Because words hold power. They have the power to uplift, encourage and heal. They also have the power to tear down, discourage and wound.
As someone who holds words in both her heart and fingers, I am given the privilege and responsibility to use them in a way to speak life to those who read them. Words allow me to share the world as I see it, and to capture the beauty around me that I might otherwise have missed, or might soon forget. I consider it an awesome privilege to share the gift of writing with others in the hope of pointing them towards the often small, mundane, or ordinary gifts that life has to offer.
I consider it a great honor to wield the power of words, not as a sword, but as an instrument; an instrument of beauty that sparks inspiration and creativity, encourages and uplifts, and speaks life, hope and healing to the reader.
And I have found that when I forget about myself and concentrate on being the instrument, the words come. Each and every time.
Terry Gassett, Life Design Coach; Writer. Southern. Sassy.
Lives life somewhere in between a glass of sweet tea and a dash of Tabasco.
Daily breathes in the extraordinary gifts of God on ordinary days, looks for inspiration everywhere, and seeks joy in the journey.
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