A Humble Request-Slash-Challenge For You

Every six months or so, I go through a little crisis.

I start to wonder if writing books is worth all the time and energy I put into it. I start to wonder if anyone cares whether I blog or not. I start to feel silly for taking a few minutes each day to engage with people on social media.

Because writing books? IS HARD.

Blogging? Takes TIME.

Social media? Will wear you RIGHT the heck out.

But the past couple weeks, as I floundered through yet another Author Identity Crisis, the funniest thing happened.

PeopleĀ sought me outĀ to tell me how much they enjoyed SHADOWS. One woman even confessed to reading it twice in the same week.

An acquaintance at church took the time to tell me how reading my blog got her through maternity leave.

And more than one friend admitted to getting on social media just to read what I was saying.

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THANKS RYAN!!!

And OH, Y’ALL. I was just delighted to hear these things. Because when you start doubting what you’re doing–when you start asking yourself, “Does anyone even care? Am I making a difference?” Well, it can really put the kibosh on your creativity and confidence.

So today, I’d like to encourage you to seek out someone who’s making a difference in your life right now. It could be a huge difference–a counselor, a mentor, someone who’s walking with you through a major live event–or it could be a small difference, like someone whose blog you look forward to every day.

And once you have sought them out? Tell them you appreciate what they’re doing. It doesn’t have to be a long, flowery thing. Just say, “Hey, I really love it when you write a funny blog post / say something silly on Facebook / bring me coffee first thing at work / sit with me while I cry AGAIN. Thank you for doing that.”

As the recipient of so much spontaneous encouragement this past week, I can say without a doubt it will mean the world to them.

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2 thoughts on “A Humble Request-Slash-Challenge For You

  1. Kevin Rogers says:

    I say Thank You! I’m not even sure how I started following you, but I’m glad I did. I dig your blog – the personality of it is refreshing, I’ve read Shadows twice, and I am very thankful for YLS!

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