Making connection

It’s often hard to analyse the creative process.

There are probably as many reasons to write as there are writers.

In thinking about why I write, several ideas sprang to mind.

The most important one for me is that I sense God is asking me to express myself this way, and all the more the longer I live.

Other reasons?

Well… here are a few…in no particular order of importance.

1) I just can’t help myself ~ It’s an urge deep within that cries out to be addressed and cannot be ignored.

2) I love to make connection points with others ~ soul to soul ~ to offer encouragement, support and hope.

3) It makes me come alive on the inside ~ enables me to feel free in a life that’s otherwise limited and constrained by illness.

4) To leave a heritage ~ a footprint in the sands of time with memories and memoir.

5) To communicate my voice and viewpoint ~ to hear and be heard.

6) In the process I discover more of who I am and what makes me tick ~ it reveals all that previously lay hidden.

7) It makes me listen more closely to God and observe the world around me with greater clarity.

8) To share my story as part of God’s greater narrative ~ give testimony to His goodness and grace.

9) I get to make friends with like-minded people in the supportive writing and blogging community in which I move.

10) Because it is a world of beauty, love and joy I can share in and be a small part of.

No more ado..here’s a poem to express much of what I feel about making a connection through the medium of words…

“Tears are words that need to be written” ~ Paul Coelho

‘I write’

I write..

mainly poetry

because of its great ability

to connect succinctly

communicating deep and whole

engaging soul to soul

and because, for better or for worse,

my life has been circumscribed by verse

I write..

because I cannot

resist the tug and urge

of emotions pressing to be heard

as they flood and surge within me

to spill and splurge their way

upon the printed page

with passion, joy or rage

I write..

for an audience of One

who gifts me from above

courtesy of His grace and love

with a calling to reveal and share

memories, life and story

threaded with hope and mercy

to encourage those in need

I write..

because I desire

to express myself like this

be it creative agony or bliss

and find catharsis in release

of feelings that are healing

in enabling seeds of recognition to be sown

to show others they are not alone

©JoyLenton2013

“Always be a poet, even in prose” ~ Charles Baudelaire

I am grateful to Jeff Goins and Bryan Hutchinson for inspiring this post.

You can stop by Jeff’s blog to find out why others like to write too.

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16 thoughts on “Making connection

  1. Joy I love your reasons why you write… So many of your thoughts resonate with me:) totally love your heartfelt poem at the end … Thanks for sharing Joy 🙂

    • Dear Anita, I know you can relate to having a compulsion to write. And a ministry has developed from it for you too! In the sharing you touch other lives with God’s goodness and grace. I really hope to be able to bless others like that too and offer encouragement and comfort. Blessings 🙂 xx

    • “feelings that are healing

      in enabling seeds of recognition to be sown

      to show others they are not alone” Thank you for this! When I read your words of encouragement I feel so blessed and united with another friend~author of Christ’s LOVE. You are a blessing! I always say, “May a heart be blessed & a soul refries” 🙂 xx P.S sorry this is in two parts, hit the post button by mistake 🙂

      • Dear Kathy, I always love your comments ~ whether they come solo or otherwise! Thank you so much for this encouraging and supportive word. I’m really pleased this resonated with you. Blessings 🙂 xx

  2. Loved all of these reasons you have quoted here Joy – and many are similar to mine; this one means much to me , as its why I write …To leave a heritage ~ a footprint in the sands of time with memories and memoir. Many blessings I pray for you, and yes it’s a great way to connect with others who we may never meet yet have a way and a means gifted to us from above to reach and touch hearts.
    Maxine

    • Hi Maxine.Thanks very much for stopping by. It’s lovely to see you here! I agree that we long to make a difference while we’re here and leave a positive heritage and legacy for our loved ones at least, all courtesy of the “means gifted to us from above to reach and touch hearts” as you so beautifully put it.
      The writing world is indeed rich in connection and support. We may never have met one another otherwise! Many blessings to you too on your life and writing, my friend. Xx 🙂

  3. Hi Joy, It’s Carol…I could relate to every one of your reasons…I love: ‘I just can’t help myself!’ I think the Lord must just love you to pieces!
    And the poetry is so beautifully written! Thank you for sharing your heart.
    Blessings, Carol

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