Last night, a close friend and fellow writer sat with me at the kitchen table, both of us sipping wine. "I admire you for taking the writing challenge", she said, wearing a genuine look of respect. "I could never find the time to do it."
I nodded in agreement, knowing how much she already has on her plate. "Well", I said optimistically, "maybe next time."
"Hmmm, I don't know", she said doubtfully, "it seems like an awful lot of work and dedication. I mean if you want to practice your writing, you can do that without all of the added pressure....."
"Yeah", I sighed, "I suppose you are right....I mean it IS a lot of pressure....but, well, I don't know....there's a lot more to it than that. I really enjoy it."
"Really?", she asked, with genuine curiosity, what do you like best about it?"
What do I like best? …..I had to think carefully about her question. Clearly, the benefits are many, but what do I like best??? That was a tough one.
After thoughtful consideration I not only came up with decision, but am completely confident with my final answer.
I shall now share my answer with you....…..What I like best about the challenge is….drum roll please…YOU!!
Yep, you read it right; the very best part of this challenge is having the opportunity to be part of you, (a unique and beautiful writing community, where I know inspiration is always just a click away.......)
Each day, through the eloquence of your words, I'm able to experience your life, a slice at a time, and share your unique perspectives....
Whether captivated by your honesty and raw emotion, delighted by your abundance of wit and humor; or stimulated by the depth of your insights, thoughts and opinions; I know I can count on you to be there….to write, to encourage,to inspire….and finally, to read without judgment should I feel the need to bare my soul……...Thank you for being there.....