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Writing from the Heart

May 21, 2013
Hands in Heart

Hands in Heart


There is an old commercial, for E F Hutton, the stockbroker, and it goes something like this… Two people are talking about their investments to each other in a crowded room and one leans in toward the other and says “Well, my broker is E F Hutton”. All the people in the room stop dead in their tracks and devote all of their attention toward the person who is talking. The announcer, some deep-voiced man says, “When E F Hutton talks, people listen.”

Balloon Hearts

Balloon Hearts

Well, there is a special kind of writing that works the same way. When we writers speak, we talk through their writing. We reach others through the words we choose, the tone we project and the things we choose to write about. But it takes something very special to open our heart and speak to others from such a vulnerable place. When we write from our heart we share more than just an idea, more than words. We share a piece of ourselves that goes deeper than that. In order to write from the heart, we expose things that matter the most, sometimes to hundreds, or possibly thousands upon thousands of people. And most of the people we are exposing ourselves to, are strangers.

How It Starts

They may not stay strangers, because through the process, many people connect and become something other than strangers, but it begins with a willingness to bear our deeper self to strangers. This process can be likened to a singer leaving everything they have to offer their audience on the stage, bearing their emotions and pouring them out as they sing. It is not something intended for the light-hearted.

Besides the emotional investment when writing from the heart, there needs to be genuine sincerity, a desire to share part of yourself with your audience. In all honestly, however, you are not really giving anything at all, but rather receiving. Have you ever needed to reach out to a good friend and just speak your piece, knowing they will be there to listen. There is a wonderful sense of validation and connection to our fellow man (or woman) that occurs when we offer up a piece of ourselves like that.

A Worthy Venture

It is a venture well worth the effort. Like with many things that may appear difficult and seem to have a fairly high price of admission, the potential benefits are great. As a writer, you start to earn a very special reputation – one of honesty and integrity; qualities that are not all that easy to come by.

Heart speaking reveals a layer of humanity we don’t come across frequently. It is something to be cherished. It warms us, it comforts us and it soothes us because on some level, it restores our faith in people at a time when there is so much happening to the contrary. It is not brought out of disaster or devastation, not a form of charity or giving because some pour soul is worse off than we are ourselves. It is giving solely for the sake of sharing and connecting. It is sharing in its purest form. Try it. And I guarantee, you will see, like E F Hutton; when you let your heart speak and write from the heart, people listen.


I’m a licensed clinical social worker and have worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. I combine professional experience in the mental health field along with my love of writing to provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. I hope my down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life is easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!

  1. dan permalink

    Your love shines through everything you do…

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