A few months ago, I secured a second job. When someone I knew came in, she was surprised to see me and asked, “How do you make time for writing?” I smiled and replied, “When it’s something you’re passionate about, you make time.” She nodded in agreement.
No matter how many hours in the day slip away, I find time to write. For me, it’s more than a passion – it’s an obsession. Not only is it an obsession, it’s my responsibility to nurture whatever talent God mercifully gave me. Unlike going to the grocery store or filling in for me at work, no one can do it for me which brings me to my point.
Zig Ziglar came out with a book of quotes titled, “Zig Ziglar’s Little Book of Big Quotes.” It’s more of a mini-book, maybe three inches by four inches but I keep it in my purse and have for years. Although it is filled with motivational pieces, my favorite is, “You are the only one who can use your ability. It is an awesome responsibility.”
Please don’t keep your passion bottled up. Remove the lid, pour it out, and let it water your soul and the souls of others. For you never know how, or when, your writing will affect someone. Let your stories and your poems be a light in someone’s darkness. Let your paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, quilts, or other projects bring a smile to a stranger’s sad heart. Believe in your talent and develop what the Lord gave you! If not for yourself, do it for others and blessings will overwhelm you.
Sherry Perkins has been published in magazines and newspapers across the state of Louisiana. She loves speaking to people, organizing, being supportive of others, and working hard. Sherry is the 2011 President of Bayou Writers Group and conference coordinator for the November conference--A Bridge to Publication.