I struggled for quite awhile to write these stories, not because I can’t or don’t want to write, but because I thought to myself, Where am I going with all of this? In this fast paced, busy, modern world, is anyone really going to listen?
Years ago when I started writing a blog, I was one of the pioneers of my generation to overcome the terror and aversion to online media. It was a big learning curve, but I loved stories and decided to overcome my trepidation to learn how to do this. I was so excited to get my stories out in the world and my first blog “Stories Change the World,” was quite a hit. I even taught blogging to business owners in my community.
That was awhile ago and times have changed. Not surprisingly so have I. I’m wiser now, more mature, and less satisfied to just throw things into the online stratosphere and hope they will land somewhere that will make a difference to someone. Because the driving force behind my writing and story creation is to make a difference in the world. I don’t do it for money (no kidding), nor fame, nor to gain a big fat ego (I’ve tried to tame the one I have!). I do it because I deeply believe that stories change us and thus change the world.
But I was stymied for quite awhile, I lost the motivation, inspiration and passion for this. I didn’t want to waste my time, energy and enthusiasm for something that might not matter a wit to anyone else. So my poor blog languished, neither going forward, nor being put to rest. All the while the muses haunted me. I kept thinking that I’d shut down the blog, stop writing and that would be that. Not hardly! The muses are quite persistent and wouldn’t let me off the hook so easily.
So what do you do when you feel stuck, unable to move forward?
Well I did what I always do when I can’t figure things out. I made myself a fine cup of organic, estate-grown Ceylon tea with milk and sugar. That’s my remedy for nearly everything! I was certain it would resolve my problem.
As I was sipping my fine tea, I heard a rumbling noise and the tea in my cup was starting to bubble. Then, you guessed it – out popped the little wizard from inside my teabag, what a feat! He looked me in the eye and said, “Stories are gifts from the gods. They contain everything you need to change the world, but you’ve got to give them the wings to fly.”
“You mean I need to keep writing them?” I asked.
“More than that, you need to be aware that what you put into the world is important, even if you never ever know the effects. Do all things with love and you will leave a better world behind.” With that, he slipped back seamlessly inside the teabag, like a hand into a glove. What an amazing message! How does the wizard always know what we need here on planet earth? I don’t know but he does!
How about you? Have you ever felt stymied, stuck, or unable to go forward with something because you felt it didn’t matter? Of course, we all have! Take a teabag message from the wizard and go forward anyway. Do it for the love of it.
May this encourage you that no matter what you’re doing, your gifts make a difference in this world, even when you can’t know the effect.