Trans4mind Home Page

The Magic of Words

By Kay Ford Kay

One day in second grade, I learned to write my first short story. It consisted of five lines. That night I walked in front of the TV, obstructing everyone's view and announced that when I grew up I was going to be a writer.

My parents were horrified. "Writers don't make any money," they said. "You'd better be a teacher like we are."

"But words are magic," I said. My parents scowled. Clearly, they didn't believe in magic.

Looking at my family history, they did have something to base their fears on. My great uncle was a brilliant inventor and a gifted poet. He lived a comfortable life from the money his inventions brought in but he was forced to give his poems away for free to the local newspaper. It was the only way he could get them published.

I stopped talking to my parents about writing but my dream of becoming a writer didn't die. In college I took one creative writing class. It was a very traumatic experience as the students were hyper-critical of other student's writings. At the end of the semester, the professor singled me out and gave me some advice: "Do nothing in your life but write. But don't write for publication; they will ruin you. Instead find a benefactor who will support you and your art. Don't get a job. Don't get married. And whatever you do, don't have children. Just write."

As he was leaving he turned and added, "And don't live your life like a novel. If you do, you'll lead a horrible life."

With that he left and I was so overwhelmed that I put my head down on the old oak desk and cried. For the next ten years I took none of his advice. Instead I tried to appease my parents. I wrote very little. I lived my life like a tragic novel.

It wasn't until I went to Japan that the urge to write took over my life. During the day, I taught school and I had so many ideas that I didn't have time to write them down. I practiced remembering the ideas to write down later. I could remember twelve ideas in one day but any more than that and I lost them forever.

I did nothing at night but write. For the first time in ten years, my life made sense to me. And I remembered what I knew in second grade... Words are magic. With words, we can create worlds. We can do anything, be anything. Words can heal. Words can solve problems. Words can save the world.

Kay Ford Kay is a freelance writer living in Hawaii.
More Creativity & Career Fulfillment articles

Good info on many topics:
Submit your own article

Tools for Transformation

personal development
Trans4mind offers its visitors a huge range of complimentary personal development resources for self-directed education and transformation of the whole person...
HOW TO USE THE RESOURCES 
Introduction to our Tools for Transformation. We aim to open up the mind to new ideas, new challenges and new solutions - to think differently and be creative.
SEE THE SITE MAP 
Describes all the contents of Trans4mind.com.
WORDS OF WISDOM 
Here are our favorite quotes. The best quotes distill powerful wisdom into a few words and can make a real difference to our perception and understanding. Including:
Life  Purpose, Spiritual  Awareness, Success and Abundance, Wisdom from the Heart, Happiness and Wellbeing, Communication & Relationships, Motivation and Leadership, Parenting and Education, Emotional Intelligence, Transitions in Life, Social Community, Quirky Quotes, Creativity, Proverbs, Humor - and many further topics in the Wisdom from the Heart section.
INSIDE-OUT BLOG 
Articles by Peter Shepherd and Wallace Huey. Imagine if the values of the heart could be brought into our families, communities, charities, organizations and businesses... what kind of a world would this create?
TRANS4MIND PODCASTS 
Audios by Peter Shepherd, focused on key personal development topics, to help advance your personal growth.
RAISE YOUR VIBRATION 
A free meditation program to help you experience the state of unconditional love - key to lasting joy and fulfillment in your life.
THE POSITIVE APPROACH 
Become more clear about your own identity, what you want in life - your life vision - and how to manifest your full potential.
THE AFTERLIFE 
If we do actually have a soul, then where does it go after death? Near-death experiences provide convincing answers.
ONLINE BOOKS 
Check out our fascinating collection of complete books for you to read online, including Peter Shepherd’s Transforming the Mind, which created the foundation of this site back in 1997.
EBOOK DOWNLOADS 
Over 250 PDFs to freely download covering many personal development topics - and including the range of Trans4mind publications.
KNOW YOUR OWN MIND 
Free personality test based on the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire. See yourself as others may see you, in a more objective light, so you can know yourself better.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT VIDEOS 
Watch our selection of over 400 personal development videos by top experts, offering many insights about mind, body and spirit.
AND LOTS MORE 
Our site is expansive, including loads of helpful resources. See what else we have.

Check out the menus on the top of every page too!

Want to renew your life?

We believe living a life that is just OK is not OK.
We believe that everyone, given the tools, can live a brilliant life!
Start off with your Free Life Assessment
   
Hypnosis Downloads

+ Support your personal development with these popular and effective hypnosis downloads...

This is our selection of favorites, but there's a session for every need! Choose from over 800 Hypnosis Downloads...
Search now on an issue that interests or concerns you...
 

View all the Hypnosis Downloads here

Copyright © 1997-2018 Trans4mind Ltd
Terms of Use & Privacy Policy       Email Webmaster