Empathic writers hold affection
for those we write to.
Whether it’s a manifesto, magazine article,
corporate memo, screenplay, love poem or policy...
...there is something we want to say,
and someone we want to say it to.
Writing is a lot of things but, primarily, it is reaching.
It leans itself forward to connect an idea with a mind.
And ideally, a heart.
The best writing is clear and honest.
It stands tall, like a Redwood.
Easily seen. Distinguishable.
And when you’ve read writing like that,
a lot of times you stand taller, too.
Because you’ve been honored, rather than bragged to.
Respected, rather than manipulated.
Seen, rather than sold.
Write tall, like a Redwood.
Use your words as an ecosystem,
rather than a clamor.
Endure the aging, the winds, the verticality.
Enjoy the knowing, the songs, the community.
Be a marvel and a home
The question "How are you?" is PROFOUND.
But it has been watered-down to a synonym for "Hello."
Forced or fake auto-responses of obligated okay-ness are expected.
(And if you are going through something tragic, it really doesn't matter! Every social encounter OPENS with this well-established Ritual of Insincerity.)
The question "How are you?" prompts an answer that begins with "I AM _____________."
This means many times each day, you are invited to SPEAK THE MOST POWERFUL STATEMENT that can be spoken of yourself.
And the socially-expected thing to do, is be QUICK + SLICK with your answer.
For a change... TAKE YOUR TIME, and tell your truth. ✍🏾