Writing, casting your thoughts to the universe, thinking out loud with no obvious audience is a lonely endeavor. The rewards are generally unknown to the author, the work is obvious to him. The effort must be consciously made or it is easy to let the friction of life bring the grindstone of creativity to a halt.
Writing is somewhat like what the sun does–burning, shining sending it’s energy into space in a three hundred sixty degree sphere, being absorbed in only tiny far away points. A tiny fraction of the energy is used at those faraway places and the sun gets no feedback from them, and that is how writing is different–if lucky, you get to learn that it is being heard at the other end.
If we had chosen only to write about the sugar detox on April the first, and then to write about the effects on day 22, the effects would have been very meager, compared to writing every day, several times a day about it. All of the extra energy radiated has exponentially increased the amount of energy available to be captured by our readers. Like a star, the work remains available from now on, available to be absorbed by minds that happen along perhaps years later.
Now, nearly at the end of the month, I am beginning to detect the stirrings of changes in the lives and interest level from the readers. The reflected energy warms my heart and mind greatly. I wouldn’t say that the only reason to evangelize is for the changes you get to observe in the audience you can see, but it is certainly a wonderful thing to have happen.
I know that it is not just the writing, because we are also exhibiting the change that we want to see by living that change. You might say a shining example. Sometimes though, you know it was the writing and not the example that reached out. If it happens once a blue moon it is enough to overcome the friction against the effort.
It is just so easy to sit back in life and observe only, to worry about your companions on life’s journey, to never say what you are concerned about in your life and in what you see in their lives. It is easy to talk about change, how wonderful change would be for someone’s life. If you really want to have an effect though–change yourself. Share it constantly. Support one another by living your beliefs. It’s not hard to do if you just do this one little thing consistently for 21 days. Just change ONE LITTLE THING.