Pay it Forward

Happy Sunday, folks!

This is probably going to be a shorter post than usual, because I, somehow, lost an hour this weekend. I’m looking for it, but those things are so squirrely, I figure that it won’t turn up again for another six months.

Anyway, what I want to talk about this week is the concept of paying it forward.

Nobody has gotten to where they are now purely on their own steam. We’ve all had help. Sometimes it’s been in the form of mentor-like guidance. Other times, it’s an encouraging word.

It’s all help.

It all matters.

It all goes farther than anyone can guess.

As you go through the week, there are two things I’d like you to do:

The first is to reflect on the folks that have lent a hand, or given an encouraging word while you’re slogging through whatever it is you’re slogging through.

Then I’d like you to keep an eye out for opportunities to do the same.

There may be some of you out there that are just getting started and you may be thinking that you don’t have anything to offer.

But you do.

Everyone moves on this path – and here, I’m talking specifically about writing, but I think that with a bit of work you could apply it to any endeavor – at their own, unique pace.

And this pace isn’t a constant. Some stretches that others may find daunting, might come naturally to you, and vice versa.  The point is that you may be carrying insight that someone else may benefit from.

Even if it turns out that you’re not able to offer anything more than encouragement, that goes a long way.

We need to be supportive of one another, and even a simple “You got this” may make all the difference.


Be sure to stop by the Freebies page for story excerpts and, since we’re getting on into convention season, check out the Events page. Might be we end up in the same place at the same time. Come say Hi.

Time: 11:36 am – ish

Music: Blind Guardian – Fly