“Do not just seek happiness for yourself. Seek happiness for all. Through kindness. Through mercy.” -David Levithan
I feel like this is one of the best quotes I have shared for writers, so far. Try not to make your writing practice and your writing life solely about you. Remember that the world does not revolve around you, and it helps to keep that in mind when you’re writing.
Bear in mind that you’re doing something that has the potential to affect others. Why not make sure that the effects of your writing practice are positive and uplifting? Why not help those around you with this gift you have for words. Share faith, happiness, positivity, hope, love, and empathy with others through your writing practice.
Whatever your calling is, even if it’s not writing, always try to use it in a positive way. Seek to make others in the world happy, and you will find your happiness along the way. I honestly believe that everyone in the world has AT LEAST one special gift–at least one thing they are astonishingly good at. My husband, Lake, is a skilled mechanic. My best friends, Tori and Christi, have gifts, too. Tori is a fantastic cook. Christi is a gifted percussionist.
Witnessing them utilizing their gifts is an absolute pleasure for me. I enjoy watching them do what they’re good at, and doing so benefits me, too. I feel emotionally uplifted when I get to witness my husband fixing something or Tori cooking, or Christi making music.
My point is this: your gifts aren’t just for your benefit. Your gifts are meant to be shared with the world around you! Don’t be selfish with your gifts because you never know whose life your gifts may change for the better.