Whoever destroys a single life is considered by Scripture to have destroyed the whole world, and whoever saves a single life is considered by Scripture to have saved the whole world. Talmud
Whenever anyone asks me why I write, my first inclination is to respond with, “Why not write?” That doesn’t answer the question, however, and as a responsible citizen and writer, I feel that the question deserves a better answer.
The first action that I took when deciding to do professional writing was to hone my skills while examining the opportunities that were available to me. Happily, I associated myself with a letter-writing site that generated more than 2,000 opportunities to write letters for those who needed them.
More importantly, I spent a great deal of time thinking about why I wanted to assemble my thoughts and convert them to website pages, blogs or other media. It should be obvious to my readers that I find many subjects on which to reflect – some personal, some national and some global in nature. But when the question becomes why take the time and effort to distribute those thoughts to others, another reality takes shape.
My hope is always to improve the knowledge or thoughts of others. Clearly, that doesn’t mean that all of my work will impact all who read it. That’s simply not a realistic ambition. Part of my religious teachings include healing one person at a time contributes to healing the world.
If I made you smile, I have succeeded. If I have given you a new perspective on a subject or concept, I have done my job. When I have espoused a cause that inspires you, I am happy. And if I have allowed you to immerse yourself in several hundred words that in any way improve your mood or spirit, I am fulfilled as a writer.
Most likely, those who make the greatest amount of money from writing don’t do so because they set out to be financially advantaged. If they are at all like me, they shared the goal of assembling a cornucopia of images that combine to educate, entertain or enhance. In my own way, in my own space, I aspire to changing the world for the better, one word at a time. Shalom.