There are moments in our life that change us. They can sometimes be big, significant events that rock us to the core of our foundation. Conversely, they can be subtle slips of time that we don’t anticipate, but spread like ripples in a lake that touches everything.
Well, last week I entered a short story in the Canada Writes “Defining Moments” contest. I have mentioned it before, but bring it up again today for another reason. While I am thrilled with the response I have received for my story of a moment that defined whom I am today, that response itself is something that is having its effect. I knew I had to tell as many people as possible about the contest to have any chance of getting into the final twelve that will be voted on. I am savvy enough to realize that involves a lot of networking to achieve. I have posted the story on my personal Facebook page and my writer’s Facebook page. I have tweeted about it, shared it on Google+, LinkedIn and emailed plenty of friends and family.
And as of today, my story has had the most views, as well as likes.
I am not naive enough to expect that the prize is mine just yet. The contest is open til February 23rd, with plenty more entries to be posted and voted on. I do believe that this puts me in a good position though, which elates me. What touches me more though is the responses I have heard. Yes voting is important, but I have received so much more than that. I have had several people share my story via email, on their Facebook pages, and through twitter. Some of those people are friends I haven’t even talked to or seen in ages. I am even talking years in some cases. Plus, I am hearing people say how touched they are by my tale, as well as how good a writer I have become. Those are the moments that are rippling across my soul. I am bringing tears to people’s eyes!
Now I don’t want to make people cry, but the knowledge that I can touch people is so very humbling. And whether I win the contest or not, I consider myself a winner just in going through the process. I have reached out and touched people. And that is the purpose behind writing. Maybe I have found my niche after all.
So if you haven’t had a chance to go read, I would appreciate it if you could. Every new vote I see tickles me hugely, but knowing that I am touching souls is even more powerful. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read. Bless you all.