by Andy Scheer
Something you write may cast a long shadow.
With his amazing voice and long career, Burl Ives likely never suspected his most popular performance would stem from narrating and singing a few songs for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. But this holiday season, like every one for decades, you couldn’t escape Ives singing “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.”
A friend who has been in print for decades says her most-reprinted article remains one of her first, on how she handled a crisis in her marriage.
Those thoughts motivated me as I completed a week’s worth of devotions for a magazine. Just another writing job? Potentially much more. Next year, thousands of strangers will read my words.
Will one of those themes cast a long shadow? Perhaps. All the more reason to treat everything I write as though it will.