February 3, 2007
Liz published this at 9:16 am
A Writing Contract
People are inspiring, teaching, and reaching each other in positive ways every day. Phil Gerbyshak is smiling, sharing, serving, asking questions, learning and hugging.
Lisa at Design Your Writing Life took a virtual page Content Done Better by Carson Brackney and another from The Write Path by Diane Penna to forge a contract with herself. Lisa’s contract, like the others, is a commitment to “doing the work you love in service to those who love what you do,” as Steve Farber says.
Of course then, Lisa left a message that it was my turn.
Lisa, this is my answer and my contract.
When I was almost 18 years old, at sunrise in the Grand Teton Mountains, a young man asked me an important question about life that I had never been asked before. Somehow I knew the answer. That answer is the basis for my writing contract with myself and the world.
I will be the kind of writer that strives to keep alive the music of the language, to hold head and heart together in the words, and to write with hope and passion that one person is better because he or she read what I wrote.
I told that boy, “I’ll never know for sure. So I’ll always be trying.”
Thank you, Lisa, for asking the question.
We can change the world — just like that.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
If you’re ready to change the world, send me your thoughts in a guest post. Feel free to take the gorgeous Change the World image up there that Sandy designed back to your blog. Or help yourself to this one.
Email me about what you’re doing or what we might do. Let’s change the world one bit at a time together. Together it can’t take forever.