Words have been my refuge the whole time of my existence. Even before I have realized my dream to be a writer, I have already written many poems to express myself. Even before I have realized the delight of reading novels, I have already read many academic books just for fun. I can truly say that my life has revolve around words. I cannot imagine this world without words, may it be written or in a form of speech. I am amazed how a single word can transform someone’s view; how a single word can affect a life; how a single word can give us something to think about, and; how words can create a world of its own but then still resonate with others.
Yes, words have that effect on me and I know most of you will also agree with me. Now, I am feeling grateful that words have become a part of me, a part of who I am, a part of the new world I am building. No, I am not YET a professional writer, I am far from that. However, I can now practice writing ‘officially’ in the company I am working with because I am tasked to be the “editor-in-chief” of the company’s newsletter. I am no longer have to endure doing the same stuff, now I am flexible, and the happy news is I am now one step to my dream career.
Why I am telling you this? Remember when I told you words can transform someone’s view? Yes, it’s true! I thought when I accepted this monotonous job of recruitment, I would be doing it for the whole time. I was anxious then, crying at night asking why do I need to be this fearful person? But yet, God has in store for me a greater responsibility… it is to communicate, encourage and let people see the beauty of life by means of writing. My view has been transformed. I am now grateful, contented, happy.
I am grateful to God for giving me the gift of encouragement through writing. I am grateful to God for giving the exact people I needed to flourish this gift… to my teachers in grade school and high school who had given me too many book reports, research papers and poetry writing assignments; to my Retorika (Rhetorics) professor who ignited my passion of writing, and; to my friend Ren, who introduced me to the world of blogging. I am grateful to God for giving me the exact experiences I needed… to the heartaches and heartbreaks which fueled my love of poetry; to the loss and forgotten friendship; to the oppression I had endured; to the depression and anxiety I had encountered, and; to the many mishaps of life.
I am simply grateful.