Every person has a story to tell. I am no exception.

The problem is, often times I am more interested in telling my own story than listening to the story that someone else wants to tell me.

Writing allows me to tell my story so that I can listen to yours.

Writing is also a lot more fun than exercising!

Writing also helped fill the long and lonely evening hours when we lived ‘way back’ in the country in North Algona-Wilberforce Township in Eastern Ontario. I’m not much of a TV watcher or a crafts person, but I can type. And so I did!

In case this is something you need to know, here are some of the other reasons why I write:

• I write to clarify my thoughts.

• I write to try to understand and come to terms with the questions that people in my life sometimes ask me; people who are dealing with similar issues to the ones that I am dealing with.

• I write because I like to write.

While I like to write, proof-reading is not one of my favorite sports.

(My favorite sport is stealing Cheezies from my husband’s supposedly hidden stash in his workroom.)

I can’t knit or sew and am the world’s worst cook. (Who is blessed to be married to the world’s best cook!) My once-loved outdoor sports are no longer possible, thanks to my dysfunctional, rebellious knee that picks fights with me if I make it take me beyond the mailbox at the end of our short street. So I write. If nothing else, sitting in my comfortable chair and typing away to my heart’s content keeps my knee happy and ‘the’ husband’s Cheezies safe.

However, if the truth be known, I write mainly because no one listens to me.

I can’t say that I blame them!

However, I need to listen to myself sometimes.

Writing helps me do that.

When I see what I have written, I can evaluate the thoughts behind the words to see if they make sense, if they are true, or if they are merely wishful thinking or flights of fancy not grounded in anything other than my own not-so-humble opinions.

When I publish what I write, I expose my thoughts to you, hoping that you will confirm, challenge or correct me if need be.

Do I expect you to read every word that I have written?

Of course I do, silly. Do you think I write for the good of my health?

Correct Answer: Yes!

Because writing keeps my busy fingers on the keyboard and out of bags of Cheezies.

So if something I write helps you consider a different perspective, sheds some light on a topic that concerns you or simply gives you a chuckle; that makes me happy.

When I share the work of other writers that have spoken to my heart, I pass them along in case they might be of interest to you.

If you find something of interest in something I have shared in this message, my hope is that the Lord will bless you in the issues that are important to you!

If I succeed, then both of us will be blessed!