I spent the afternoon listening to music. I accidentally discovered that my “wild child” puppy dog Callie got quiet when I played the video for Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” I was so shocked when I noticed that I played a whole CD of their music. She came and put her paws on my right shoulder when the song “Bridge Over Troubled Water” started playing.
When I write, I want to create a connection between me and whoever will read it. Even though I don’t know who will read it, and I may never know, I think about that when I sit down. The best words to me are the ones that create a connection between others when they read (or hear) them. I don’t have the gift of creating a song that will live well beyond the lifespan of the singer. All I can hope for is that maybe something I write might touch the heart of someone reading it. Maybe you might take to heart the message I’m giving you tonight.
That song made a connection for me today. It even touched my dog’s heart. I believe that with my whole self. Don’t be afraid to disturb the sound of silence. It is a gift. But so can your words be.
Your words can be a gift. Let that sink in. It’s hard to let it in, isn’t it? Let’s try to walk the journey together. Writing–creating anything–can be a lonely business, but the connection is part of the process, even if you never know it.