On this hot Saturday afternoon in late July, members of the U.S. House and Senate are putting pen to paper, crafting language for legislation that may impact the future of this country. With the House version of a deal to raise the debt limit defeated in the Senate, members of Congress are working overtime over the weekend to pen a compromise that enough representatives will approve to pass legislation through two Chambers that President Obama will sign. According to the president, if Congress does not raise the debt limit, our nation's credit rating will be adversely impacted and could cause another financial crisis.
This written document, this language, may change the future of the world.
But it doesn't stop there. The language that reporters and bloggers will use to frame the debate will influence constituents to call and write to their representatives in Congress. These news stories, blogs, emails and letters may impact decisions and help change history.
In addition, the financial sector is watching this legislation and the media closely to see how these proceedings will influence stock prices and international trade.
Writing Can Author Your Future
The writers of the world -- anyone with a pen, pencil, typewriter, computer, tablet, and a lump of gumption -- have the power today.
What the writers forget is that we have the power every day.
Our writing can influence not only the nation's future, but our own. A half hour writing a thank-you letter or novel chapter. A resume tweak, a letter to the editor, a query. We are the authors of our own story, and we can change the future.