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Why Write?

“In my life, writing has been an important exercise to clarify what I believe, what I see, what I care about, what my deepest values are. The process of converting a jumble of thoughts into coherent sentences makes you ask tougher questions.”  

Barack Obama, 2012.

Writing is healthy. It helps you get to know yourself better, dig deeper, stay centered and in touch with your inner self – with your emotional heart and your sentient, rational brain.

Writing helps you sift through things, get them out of your system (without hurting anybody), review them once in a while, and learn about your journey. You take your sadness, put it into words, and cut it down to size. Then you can place it on a shelf and look at it: it’s way less scary.

Writing puts you in control. It helps you organize your notions and your arguments, it clears the clutter, it unclogs arteries and veins of thought. Writing allows you to stay with ideas and people for longer. Even after they’re gone.

Writing enriches your world with new folds and curtains behind which you can peep. Writing allows you to squat in the moment, to really see it, smell it, taste it, touch its passing yet immortal fabric and weave it into yourself. Make it yours. And writing amplifies your joys by making them shareable.

Writing paints new emotional and cognitive landscapes and lets the sun shine on them too, so that they can sprout fresh ideas and initiatives. It builds invisible silky bridges to that place beyond yourself and to your life’s purpose.

Writing gets your creative juices flowing. Tell paper anything. Invent a world. Populate it.

Writing is stimulating. Writing is soothing. Writing is simply beautiful. Arranging words like ikebana.

Why write? That’s why! So, keep #writing. You’re interesting and your story is worth telling.

And, above all, read.


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