We Matter

17 Oct

003Can you believe we are halfway through October?  Well, I guess we better believe it, right, because the calendar doesn’t lie.  I’ve done everything I can to prepare for winter.  The animals are all snug in their homes, the wood is split and stacked, and I have a new roof on the writing studio.  I say BRING IT ON!

I received an email from a person in Los Angeles yesterday.  He read an article I wrote a couple years ago about living in Olympia.  It seems he and his family are fed up with living in L.A. and they are moving to Olympia, and he wanted to ask me some questions about this area.  Kind of cool.

I also, this week, received an email from someone who just celebrated their first year of sobriety, and she wanted to thank me for the alcoholism blog I ran for a year or so.  She told me my blog had helped her during her first tough months of sobriety.  I repeat…kind of cool.

And that brings us to today’s quote.


Every person has a longing to be significant; to make a contribution; to be a part of something noble and purposeful.

John C. Maxwell

Last week I heard from a writer friend who was struggling.  They wanted to touch base with me and hear some affirmation that what they are doing really matters. Of course I gave them a heartfelt sales pitch because, well, that’s what I do.

To summarize, I told her that writers matter and what we do is significant, and that is my message to you as well.  I know this is grueling at times.  My God, we spend day after day pouring out words, and we really have very little feeling for the significance of those words.  It’s not like we have the physical presence of an audience in front of us.  We just hit “send” and our words float out to the online world, and then we move on to our next pressing business.

Always remember that what we do is important. We are the voices of our generation.  We toil in obscurity, just as all writers have done during their careers, and there are days when the only pat on the back we receive is the one we give ourselves….but…there are other days when we hear from someone, and they tell us how much they appreciate what we are doing, that our words made a difference in their lives, and then our souls are fed once again.


Write as though every word that you write matters…because it does.


It goes to all of you, my friends, because you deserve one.


I don’t have anything else for you today. We are all busy and all tired, so let’s get ready for the weekend. Thank you for visiting and I’ll talk to you next week.


“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

16 Responses to “We Matter”

  1. Janine Huldie October 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

    Aww, Bill you are seriously a treasure among men and can’t say that enough. I love that others have contacted you and hope you do know that myself included just appreciate you always. Huge thank you (I know I have said this before) for being you!!! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

    • Billybuc October 17, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

      Janine, I feel the same way about you my dear. You are loyal to a fault, whatever that means. LOL Have a wonderful weekend and thank you.

  2. Denise Anderson October 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

    Bill, you and I are on the same wavelength today! I just published a hub on helping others. Sometimes we feel so inadequate, even though we are driven to do what we do. Our efforts do not always bear immediate fruit, but like you said, they are making a difference. Thanks for sharing the feedback you have received. It gives us all hope that one-day, it will happen with us as well.

    • Billybuc October 17, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

      Denise, even though I believe this with all my heart, even I have days when I wonder why in the world I’m doing this….so I do think we all need a reminder. Thank you for caring.

  3. Shauna L Bowling October 17, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    It’s always heartwarming to receive affirmation from someone you helped, especially if it’s through something you wrote.

    I have a friend who has a friend who bought my poetry book. She says when she needs a lift she re-reads several of my poems. That truly warmed my heart when the message was conveyed to me.

    You’ve been quite busy prepping for the winter, my friend. We don’t have to do much of that here with the exception of occasionally needing to cover plants that don’t quite cotton to freezing weather. And yes, it does get below 32 degrees here from time to time.

    Enjoy your weekend, Bill!

    • Billybuc October 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

      Thank you, Sha! Have a great weekend and cover those plants. This might just be a tough winter for us all. 🙂

  4. Audrey Howitt October 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

    You have had a very cool week Bill! It is wonderful to know that your words have helped someone! Amen to that! Have a wonderful weekend!!

    • Billybuc October 17, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

      Amen for sure, Audrey. I always have a cool week, unless I don’t choose to. 🙂 Happy Weekend to you my friend.

  5. klsilver October 17, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    TWO cool for sure!

    • Billybuc October 17, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

      Sis, you are too cool, and that’s a fact.

  6. shellywyatt70 October 19, 2014 at 2:03 pm #

    Reblogged this on What I love about Life and commented:
    This is wonderful and exciting, thanks for the inspiration that you provide of a great many people.

    • Billybuc October 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

      Thank you Shelly. I appreciate you reblogging this. Have a great week.

  7. Dee October 20, 2014 at 5:22 am #

    This is a motivating post and I appreciate your words of comfort. What we write does matter and will leave a mark for someone to follow.

    • Billybuc October 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

      I believe that, Dianna…it makes me try harder. 🙂 Thank you!

  8. Melanie Chisnall October 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    Wow, that’s awesome when people read what you’ve written and it touches them so much they feel the need to reach out to the writer. Nice, Bill! 🙂 As you guys are getting all snug, we’re very much feeling the soaring, sweaty temperatures here. And Geoff and I are into the running thing – we might have a race or two under our belts before the end of the year!

    P.S. Your writing always inspires me… keep going my friend!

    • Billybuc October 21, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

      Mel, I’ve seen you running on Facebook…good for you my friend. Live lone and happy…and you will. 🙂 Thank you for being here; you inspire me as well, Mel.

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