Why I write

My true calling: I’ve known it since grade school when I was fascinated by words and phrases that would roll effortlessly off my tongue. And it’s that thing that I spent the first 40 years of my life avoiding: taking my writing seriously. Even though I was drawn to jobs that required a certain amount of writing (proposals, articles for business journals, features for textbooks and teachers’ ancillary materials, etc.), when it came time to reveal my deepest thoughts and feelings, I crawfished like crazy. But as Gregg Levoy says, “Callings keep surfacing until we deal with them.”

And my calling is to write. I am compelled to do so. Any other path would be a breach of my integrity. I am duty-bound to put my knowledge, thoughts, feelings, intuitions and inklings out into the world—for myself and in service to others.

For my writing is often a journey of discovery. I learn things about myself that I was not conscious of. I get to examine my thoughts and beliefs and decide if they serve me. I have the opportunity to separate truth from fiction. I am able to comprehend why a planned action might (or might not) be in order.

And I write in service to others. I write to remind folks that they possess great personal power, that they have the capacity to live the lives they’ve always dreamed of. I write to reveal the innumerable possibilities that life offers, far beyond the choices promoted by the current dominant culture. I write that change—personal and societal—is possible and actually underway right now. I write to help create a shift in the cultural paradigm—to one of greater love, connection, honesty, integrity, generosity, responsibility, respect and courage. I write in support of spiritual warriors, men and women who are willing to share their unique gifts in service of a better world regardless of the consequences.

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  • Jenny

    YES!!

    • Bruce Mulkey

      Thanks a lot, Jen. Are you still looking into full-time residency in NZ? Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂

  • Hamilton Gregory

    You wrote, “I have the opportunity to separate truth from fiction.” You have done so admirably, with grace and eloquence.

    • Bruce Mulkey

      Thank you, Hamilton. It was great to see you in the flesh a few days back.

  • Susan Pastika

    Hi, Bruce, and thanks for sharing this. It reminded me of why I write, although it focuses more on me than on others! Like you, I write in part for the joy of the words, and in part to discover truths I may not otherwise consciously articulate. It is a fascinating journey to write; thank you for sharing your writing journey with so many of us. You are an inspiration.
    With love, honor and respect,
    Susan

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