Blogger: Wendy Lawton
The first page of my journal is never cycled out with the addition of new pages for a new year. On it is my mission statement, developed on May 6, 2001 when I was writing and working as a full time artist. It read: “To tell stories with art and to draw pictures with words– all to the glory of God.”
When I became a literary agent more than nine years ago I added a new one: “To live in the land and to serve and love those God loves.”
On May 11, 1998 I chose a paraphrase of 1 John 1:1 as my life verse: “To write what I have heard, and what I have seen with my own eyes; what I have watched and touched with my own hands: the Word who is life– this is my subject.”
As I look back on these writer’s mission statements and verses I’ve often affirmed the importance of having a mission statement– a touchstone on my journey. In the days when it felt like I was pulled by two different careers– art and writing– I would come back to my statement and remember that it was all the same thing. The work of my hands, whether it was porcelain or words, was all about telling stories. And when I became an agent it was just an extension of that. Now I would be serving those God loves to help them tell their stories. My mission statement affirmed that I was on the path God chose for me from the beginning.
I’ve made a point never to study what a mission should or should not be. I don’t want to know that somebody thinks mine is not truly a mission statement in the strictest sense of the word. I don’t want to workshop it into Step One of Goal Setting. I don’t care that it has a childlike quality to it. It has worked for me and been my Ebenezer for many years.
So my question for you is, have you written a writer’s mission statement? If so, would you care to share? What about a life verse? Have your statements changed over the years? If you haven’t done it yet, want to give it a stab and let us see your draft? Why is it important to have these kinds of touchstones?
NOTE: Today I’m in Atlanta at ICRS with wall-to-wall meetings so I won’t get to chime in today but I’ll save the comments to read on the plane home. Play nice, everyone, and encourage each other.
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