The Write Purpose
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The Write Purpose

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What I Stand For

If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything — Unknown

You may not agree with everything, or even most of the things I write below.

But after reading Simon Sinek’s Start with Why (affiliate link), I realized I need to be more clear about my purpose (not just my goals!) as a writer.

So this is my way of clarifying my WHY and organizing my thoughts.

I’ve been developing many of these ideas in past articles already (that’s what those underlined hyperlinks are), but this is my attempt to gather them in one place, clearly.

In other words:

  • These are Notes to Self
    (that’s who the “you” refers to in the following content — not necessarily “you,” the reader, unless you want it to refer to you)
  • This is also a “Manifesto” of sorts for readers to know what I am about so that you can decide whether or not you want to read any of my future posts.

After all, there’s a lot of writing to read on Medium, and I don’t want to waste your time. This should help you figure out if I’m a good fit for you as a reader 😃

Here are things I believe to be true, and right, and good (and often write about)

Family is the bedrock of society and individual lives

Trusting God helps us to live healthier, better, and more meaningful lives

Writing and creativity are incredibly influential forces — for good or evil, depending on how you use them

Community is extremely important, but we’ve lost sight of how to love and build up our communities

  • . Seriously. We are NOT islands, and we are not wholly independent beings. We profoundly impact others — especially those in our immediate families and neighborhoods. Our culture tends to make us want to live selfishly. We have to resist that siren call and acknowledge that if someone else is in pain, we are responsible for helping them — because it’s highly likely that we are responsible for causing that pain in the first place, at least indirectly.
  • : Loving someone does not mean always agreeing with them. Especially if they’re involved in harmful behaviors. It does mean being with them, however, with compassion, when they are in pain.
  • : Anger has its place, but I don’t believe in using cuss words or crass language and imagery in communication just “for effect” or because that is “your authentic voice.”

    Even if you disagree with someone, there’s a way to do it respectfully and kindly, yet forcefully and convincingly. This goes back to the self-centered thing: Don’t force people to tolerate your rudeness because you are a “genius.” Especially in your writing/speaking. Remember other people have stories you’re not privy to, so don’t misunderstand them and be mean to them.

…And that’s it for now.

That is what I believe.

That is what I stand for, in my life and in my writing. If any of this resonates with you, let me know — I’d love for us to join forces on this ride.

If it doesn’t, feel free to leave/unsubscribe/ignore me! I know we humans will never fully agree with each other on things, so I don’t mind if you disagree with me — I’m sure some people will.

I’d love to hear what you stand for, in the comments. But I do request that you keep that last point (on kindness in communication; up there ^) in mind!

Thank you 😃

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