A picture is worth a thousand words. The old adage means that a picture will tell us so much more than we can easily put into words. What is the above image worth? A thousand words, more or less?
One of my first thoughts when I saw these pictures was about passion. People busy themselves with what they’re passionate about. They go out of their way.
My niece participated in the Great Texas Balloon Race in Longview, Texas last week as part of the crew, which meant the family got up in the wee hours of the morning to get there. Depending on responsibilities in the event, someone on the balloon crew might have to get up at 2, 3, or 4 in the morning.
Now that’s passion. But the pictures tell us that the balloonists’ efforts are well worth it.
Writers have to be passionate about what they do because the process is painful, requiring time and sacrifice. Without that burning fire that drives an author, readers wouldn’t have books.
Book lovers are passionate about their books. About reading. We’re committed to reading, even if it means we only get a few minutes a day to read. But mostly, we love it when we can read a book through to the end. Maybe we read through the night, finishing a novel in the wee hours of the morning. Sometimes, we even re-read the ending to experience the euphoria again.
Or is that just me?
Elizabeth Goddard is the author of OREGON OUTBACK available wherever books are sold.