January 12, 2022

We Need Inspiration and Courage

                                Susan Reichert

Every writer, at one time or another needs inspiration and courage to keep going. To keep writing. An interesting note here, is that we all need that, whether we are writers or not.

Richard Bach, the man who wrote Jonathan Livingston Seagull and the book, Illusions: The adventures of a Reluctant Messiah said, “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

I found that statement could be a writers motto if we changed it to, “I will not quit.”

Some days writers look at a white screen waiting for the words to come. It might be easy to get up those days and do something else, but there is something in a writer that that keeps them writing.

If you remember Jonathan Livingston Seagull was about a seagull who became bored with his daily squabbles over food. It is a simple story. He has a passion to learn to fly and he learns everything about flying he can.

But in the story, there is a profound message. The message is that we can all be so much more than we believe or are given to believe.

His story in the book of Illusions questions the reader's view of reality. He proposes that what we call reality is merely an illusion we create for learning and enjoyment.

The book explains that the world that we live in is an illusion, the things we think are real, are not, and so is the underlying reality behind it. The teaching Bach receives he concludes that each of us must focus on our own spiritual quest, allowing others to attain their own enlightenment.

In this book Richard Bach takes to the air to discover the ageless truths that give our souls wings. That we don't need airplanes to soar. . .that even the darkest clouds have meaning once we lift ourselves above them.

Perhaps that is what a writer strives for, to be better with every book we write and in so doing soar above the dark clouds in life.

Susan Reichert, author of Listen Close, Between Me and You, God’s Prayer Power and Storms in Life. Published numerous magazine articles and stories in 9 anthology books. Speaker at writing conferences, seminars, and libraries.

She is the founder of Southern Author Services, and Editor of Suite T. She is the retired Editor-in-Chief of Southern Writers Magazine. Reichert has a passion for writing about God in devotionals, prayers, and inspirational works.

She and her husband live in Tennessee. They have four grown daughters with families of their own. Susan is a member of the DAR and a member of the First Families of Mississippi

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1 comment:

  1. Very interesting article, Susan. I enjoyed reading both of these books.
    Good luck and God's blessings