Over five years ago, I joined an online community called "Powerful Intentions". The forum was connected with a popular book by Rhonda Byrnes, called The Secret. On the forum, many people would ask questions sharing concerns about their lives and their struggles. They were reaching out for inspiration. We discussed the principles that are the foundation for the law of attraction. My understanding of it came from my own life journey and experience. I wrote that I had come to know the principles from another great book, the scriptures. This was the reason I began to write and exchange ideas and inspiration with other members. I’d share something from a scripture and how it fits with the law of attraction. Sharing that the law of attraction was explained (and demonstrated) to me by another source. Prior to this social network, and feeling this need to help others, I had no desire to be a writer.
However, I had a strong opinion and passion to share the wonders that had happened in my own life. In hindsight, ignorance was my saving grace and why I continued to explore my amateur writing, rather than expert and correct literature. That was all due to my greater obsession with getting these messages across and with reaching out to people rather than the concerns with my poor writing skills. My writing was not born through extensive or proper training, in the same way a professional writer hones their craft or in the way I feel writing honorably deserves. There were times in the process when I wanted to retreat. All the while, I have to praise one special person who paid attention to what I wrote, and considered my voice and perspective unique and valuable. When did I know that I wanted to be a writer? When I heard that my story could help others and be an inspiration.
This person encouraged me to use my voice, to write more about what I knew, and responded in a way that demonstrated we shared a kinship. She found depth and meaning in my sharing. It was as though, she saw the promises fulfilled. However, I gained confidence, even more so as, when it became known that she was a managing editor for a popular magazine for many years. She personally wrote to me and encouraged me to write my story. She told me that I had to use my voice. I told her that I wasn’t a real writer. And she said, “Just listen to your feelings and write from your heart. Speak your truth the way you experienced it. People need to hear more stories like yours.” Her name is Peggy Cartwright. She is a coach and mentor of Evengreaterworks.com. From that day on, with help and encouragement from those around me, I felt it was the call that I could do this and that what I had to say had value and importance. However, it was much more than just telling my story. I was somehow lifted to another place. I found myself in a whole new world, with even more appreciation for the talented writers whom I had admired and looked up to all of my life. It was a world I had never conceived myself joining.
As far back as I can recall, I’ve had a love and admiration for those who write well, especially using proper English. I have seen it in every book ever since I learned to read. And while I never thought, that I had the right to scribe next to those who have studied and honorably and diligently earned the title of the profession, here I am. At the same time, there wasn’t an inkling of doubt that it was only the right thing to do, it was about the message, not the messenger. I believe that I have a moral responsibility to offer encouragement and hopefully inspiration to others. There were too many signs that pointed me that way.
When I look back at some of my first writings, I’m almost embarrassed, but I never let that stop or intimidate me from continuing my journey. When I felt discouraged, there was always an echo of hearts around me cheering me onward.
Most importantly, I attribute my best writing to the editors and teachers who have corrected my mistakes. Moreover, that they understood my reasoning and purpose that was driving me to share this perspective and knowledge. So, the first time I knew that I wanted to be a writer, was the day when a real writer, heard my message, knew I had stories to share and encouraged me to use my voice.
Causes Catherine Nagle Supports
Westwind Foster Family Agency, Christian Children's Fund, Compassion International, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Invisible Children, Save the Children