Anne Lamott wrote in Bird by Bird  “To be a good writer, you not only have to write a great deal but you have to care. You do not have to have a complicated moral philosophy. But a writer always tries, I think, to be part of the solution, to understand a little about life and to pass it on”.

I’ve always written…….in a journal, notes to friends, poems, and prayers. I want others to read what I write, but not because I think I have some remarkable message to share. But, I do know things and my perspective on life will definitely be different from yours. If my experiences teach you something, reveal a truth, make you think about something you’ve never thought about before, or simply make you feel less alone, that is enough.

I write to share what I’ve learned, and struggled with. Or what makes me laugh. What moves me or changes me. But mostly what I struggle with. I share it so you’ll know you’re not the only one. I end up feeling less alone, too.

I’ve done what I set out to do if I’ve caused that middle-aged teacher to feel less guilty about his anger over caring for his widowed father while caring for his own family.

Or maybe the girl that’s on her 5th try into the new year to make good on her resolution to lose weight. Maybe she feels hopeful and decides to press on because of something I put out there. Or maybe instead she decides she likes her curves. Either way, she’s better.

If I’ve given you the courage to ask for a raise, I’ve done what I hope to do.

I write to encourage, inspire, and connect. To give hope, to make you ponder a question you’ve never asked before, to make you laugh or cry. To help unlock a memory stored away. I write to help you see someone in a new way, or help start the journey of forgiving, or put into words what you can’t seem to.

I write to pass it on.

In response to the Daily Post’s Guilty.

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  1. mansaramjogiyal on March 2, 2015 at 1:51 pm


  2. lilypup on March 2, 2015 at 2:08 pm

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  3. Bruce W. Martin on March 2, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Just what I needed to hear today! Thank you Marie. 😉

  4. Cat on March 2, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Lovely intro post, Marie

    • mariegriffith on March 2, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Thanks. I looked at your website. I think it’s important that you keep writing about your experiences with mental illness.

      • Cat on March 3, 2015 at 12:27 pm

        Thank you, I will 😉

  5. Celeste's Quiet Ramblings on March 2, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you Marie “sharing Is Caring” this post was on point with both. Great blog for encouragement, Will be looking out for more. Happy blogging 😉

    • mariegriffith on March 2, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Thank you Celeste. I like your Daily Words.

  6. Mamta Chakravorty on June 10, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Great post, Marie !! Thanks, I feel good after reading it !

  7. kingsoracle on September 4, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Thanks Marie, your post was really inspiring. I love the last paragraph …..I write to pass it on. great post.

    • mariegriffith on September 4, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Thank you. I just read your post on dreams. Great message there. May we move toward the dreams God has put in our hearts. That’s another reason I write.

  8. Ngobesing Romanus on May 3, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    This is great, indeed!

  9. PrincessLG on May 5, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Very true.Write to inspire. Amen! Blessings! 🙂

  10. roorus on May 5, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    This is very uplifting 🙂

  11. komaldave7 on May 6, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Beautiful post.. especially the last line “I write to pass it on”… life is too short to experience everything there is. And it is in sharing these experiences that we find the friends and soulmates, form bonds and find solace and strength in each other’s words. 🙂

    • mariegriffith on May 6, 2016 at 5:52 am

      Thank you. Yes solace and strength are found in each other’s words or whatever is needed at the moment.

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