Why It Matters


“My weapon was my cello.”  Vedran Smajlović

It seems a little pointless sometimes-putting together collections of words, sending them out into the void of the world.  Does it matter?

I am moved by the words of Sara Groves in her song “Why It Matters”. The lyrics were inspired by Vedran Smajlović, a former cellist in the Sarajevo String Quartet.  During the Siege of Sarajevo, he played his cello in the bombed out buildings and on the streets where mortars had killed his neighbors and friends.  He called this “a protest of the darkness” and spoke of his cello as a weapon.

Our efforts of creating art and music and writing matter.  We can send them out “as a protest of the darkness.”  Or as Sara Groves writes we can see our efforts as “small ramparts for the soul”.

Like the statue in the park
Of this war torn town
And its protest of the darkness
And the chaos all around
With its beauty, how it matters
How it matters.

Sara Groves

I am reminded that Beauty in the world combats evil and darkness.  We have a choice to be part of that Beauty.

What motivates you to create?

Betsy and Laurie

0 comment on Why It Matters

  1. Lori
    October 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm (7 years ago)

    I am encouraged by so many writings. My hope is simply to bless someone else:)

    • Writing Sisters
      October 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm (7 years ago)

      Yes, I have too. I am so thankful for the writers who had inspired me and taught me. I love your thought about blessing others. We never know who will read our words. Thanks for your comment.

      • Diane Sheiry
        October 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm (7 years ago)

        At this time of year, sunshine, fresh air and all of the beautiful colors of autumn are here to remind us of your words. Thank you.

  2. sustainabilitea
    October 21, 2013 at 4:08 pm (7 years ago)

    Sharing and making connections are part of why I blog. I hope that through what I write or photograph, I might bring some love, peace, caring, joy into the lives of others. And I hope that others might see a tiny, tiny (good) example of Christ, at least at times.

    I’ve missed you two!


    • Writing Sisters
      October 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm (7 years ago)

      That is a beautiful mission statement: to bring love, peace caring and joy into the lives of others. I love that.

  3. gardengrapevine
    October 21, 2013 at 4:20 pm (7 years ago)

    What a powerful and beautiful sentiment ..to bless others with our words. I love that. It fits just what I feel when I write , not that it is very profound, but a sense of connecting and touching others minds and hearts. Isn’t that why we are here, after all.
    Thank you for such a lovely post and the comments it has drawn has lifted and sustained me yet again. Bless you all.

    • Writing Sisters
      October 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks for your kind words. Blessing others with our words is so important. You are so right – connecting and touching the hearts and minds of others it why we write. Bless you too!


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