One of my favorite quotes from Maya Angelou, who passed away today at the age of 86, is:
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Maya knew that her writing, the sharing of her own experiences and thoughts, was a way to give back and help others feel connected-- not just to her, but to one another.
There is something special about the written word. I've heard people say that the best way to communicate is face-to-face because you can often misunderstand a person through a tweet or an email, etc., etc.
I completely agree. However, I have always personally felt that the power of a great novel or any written word that is crafted-- really turned around and about and mushed and molded to mean exactly what is meant--far exceeds the power of any other interaction. Even within the completely controlled and premeditated narrative exists complete vulnerability and honesty that can only be found in written words that have had the chance to settle.
Today we celebrate Maya's life and the power that writers have to connect. To inspire. To make people feel.