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by Shakera Reid-Stewart
6/25/2009 / Writing
"Good writers are in the business of leaving signposts saying, Tour my world, see and feel it through my eyes; I am your guide." Unknown
"The good writer, the great writer, has what I have called the three S's: the power to see, to sense, and to say. That is, he is perceptive, he is feeling, and he has the power to express in language what he observes and reacts to." -Lawrence Clark Powell
As a writer, I often sit around and marvel at the things that give me inspiration. It's almost like a special power or gift that allows you to take note of an ordinary, run-of-the-mill incident and be able to discern the deeper meaning behind it.
Example #1: One Saturday morning as I lounged on my bed multi-tasking (watching TV, reading, napping, browsing the net, returning phone calls), I looked over at the wall in my bedroom. Right above the base board were a few unsightly black marks that commonly occur when you haven't repainted a new home and something brushes against it. I was so irritated by that and just kept staring at it. As I stared, I identified the marks as being a line and two small dots. One dot was above the line and the other was below the line and both were centered. It was at that point that I realized that some random object had inadvertently rubbed against the wall to form a division sign.
As I lay on the bed staring at it, I thought about all the division that we encounter everyday and I decided that I was going to write an article emphasizing division in the homes, workplace, and in other various places in our society. The more I thought about it, the more it occurred to me that at that particular time there was some serious division going on in my own house. Talk about the writing on the wall! Then I thought to myself, who thinks about these things????
Example #2: It is required for us to wear a name tag for work. Instead of using the standard lanyard issued, I often had some fancier, more professional looking ones to wear. The one that I had been wearing for the weeks before was cute and stylish, but had one major flaw. I could never get the thing to stay on the side that showed my picture and name. People would often come and compliment me on it while positioning it in the right direction. It was quite annoying. When I got home from work one day, I sat by the computer trying to figure out what I would work on. I glanced to my right and saw the lanyard containing the ID badge. I looked at it and said to myself, "What's the point of wearing the fancy thing if it doesn't really show who I am?" It was then I thought about writing a piece about how our behavior, our actions, and how we carry ourselves as individuals often contradict who we really are on the inside. No matter how fancy we are on the outside, if it doesn't truly reflect who we really are, what's the point? Then I thought about the lanyard symbolizing our lives: All glamour, but not functioning correctly. The possibilities went on, and on, and on. Who does that?
Well, writers do. Writing is a gift. My superpower. It helps me to find meaning in almost anything, and of course, it can also make me overly analytical. If you find a positive message to convey to the world from a different angle, it is worth it.
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Shakera Reid was born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Miramar, Florida. Her passion in life is counseling and educating youth. Hobbies include reading, writing and watching movies. Her hope is to encourage others through her writing and to help them in their Christian walk.
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