The Writing Life – Stuck

There’s a word I truly have come to dislike—more than moist or dirge or even spatchcock. It’s a word that threatens to trip me up as I write for a living, because the pressure to don this word like fine jewelry can push away the joy of writing in the first place.
It’s expert.
Now, I’m sure the word really means no harm. It’s certainly been around a lot longer than I have. But I’ve noticed something as this strange global community grows and continues to build new virtual gathering spots for connection-hungry people. Expert has become far too easy a card to carry.  It seems everyone can be an expert these days. I shudder when people use “expert” to describe me – whether they’re talking about marketing or leadership or #kitchentherapy. I might have ideas. I might even have something relatively smart to share. I may even sound like an expert. But there’s a difference between having expertise in a particular subject and claiming the title of “expert.”
More often than not, expert opinion is just that. Opinion.
And those expert opinions can play tricks on you and me as they collapse in on us. Think about it. Depending upon the expert I listen to, coffee is either going to kill me or make me a better runner in the mornings. We need to write every day so we can build our “tribe,” but only need to write enough to make our tribe seek us out.
And anything – EVERYTHING – will ultimately kill us. Or not.
Here’s the truth. I’m a long-road walker, an encourager, a “you are infinitely more” person. So today, I’m staring at myself in the mirror and reminding me of the things that really count in the long run because they’re the things that are part of who I am.  I’m reminding me of what I’m called to be in this world and to the people called to connect with me. I’m not an expert. Neither are you. We’re something far better.
We can have expertise at things, but let’s not get stuck on needing to be experts. Let’s take the time to be what this world needs.  Let’s be
thought-starters
question-askers
table-turners
light-shiners
trail-blazers
change-agents
hope-givers
history-makers.
Live like Jesus did and the world will listen. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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About Ronne Rock

YOU ARE GOD'S HAND-CRAFTED DESIGN. AND I WANT TO CELEBRATE YOU.

We're in this together, and I am for you. I secure road signs with a hammer of hope, and clear the debris so they can be seen. I am your encourager. I walk and keep walking. Cheer and keep cheering. I invest, dive deep, and cherish most the stories being written in the lives of women who believe restoration is a reality on earth as it is in heaven. God holds the pen in those stories, “That one - I hold her. And that one - she is My delight. And that one - never snatched away.”  I am a mouthpiece of celebration for women. Redemption is our song. You can find even more encouragement in  "For You, Love" the prayer journals that invite you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. I'm currently writing One Woman Can Change the World, set to publish late spring 2020 (Revell). I'm honored to be represented by Credo Communications.

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