Even though the overall goal of the Wordsmiths & Readers of Tarrant meetings is for parties to explore the language arts with other creative minds locally, as I’ve stated before, people DO NOT have to be writers to attend. Every kind of artist is most definitely allowed. And, even though its setting is catered to those who are passionate about literature, that is not a requirement either. One need only to be passionate about something in life–literally, anything.
And, my logic behind beginning to invite such a variety of people was inspired by the way I was beginning to see the attendees benefit from it, in an unintended manner I could never have foreseen, upon the organization’s inception. I want such a variety of people to attend because I want to provide them with an opportunity to engage in a communal experience with the same individuals who work, build, strive, and who survive, alongside us, every day in this county of Tarrant we call home. How often is it that we actually come together, face-to-face, with the people in our community to not only exchange thoughts, ideas, and perspectives but also to, potentially, build relationships, whether those relationships become professional, friendly, or romantic?
In past meetings, the group has discussed an array of topics outside of the language arts–politics, romance, racism, religion, etc.–and these are discussions that desperately need to be had between community members, not just solely with the people in our social circles, or with our families, or with those we work with, which is normally the case with many of us. I’m talking about having these types of conversations with the people who live in your town.
Think of the last time you had a respectful and thoughtful exchange of ideas with your next-door neighbor or someone who lived around the corner from you? Do you even know anything personal about your neighbors, outside of what kind of clothes they have on when they walk out of the door or what kind of car they drive?
It is through the relationships, forged by frequent communal engagement, that we strengthen and unify our cities, and Wordsmiths & Readers of Tarrant offers an opportunity to do just that.
It is through those relationships we are able to gain insight from others who are from different walks-of-life than our own, which enhances our empathy and which gives us deeper reverence for how our own personal choices and actions affect the lives our fellow citizens in the community.
It is through those relationships we are able to mobilize and to collaborate politically, which facilitates the democratic process, on the local, state, and national levels, by allowing for a more diverse variety of viewpoints and suggestions for potential solutions to different issues to be incorporated (Pretty important to incorporate when we’re collectively deciding who we put in office.)
It is through those relationships that we form successful and healthy families, which are the foundation of a strong society.
It is through those relationships that we’re able to make business commitments and where we’re able to directly trade services with those whom we actually know on a first name basis, as oppose to just giving our money to big corporations, which strengthens us economically in a manner where we, as individuals, financially benefit more directly.
Consistently engaging in the communal experience is a practice that is grossly underutilized in American communities, and, in not regularly doing so, we have effected the quality and integrity of American society in the most detrimental way. Because, as you can probably gather, with so many of us choosing to dwell exclusively with the confines of interacting solely with ourselves, as antisocial loners, or with our immediate family and friends, who just confirm the personal biases about we already have towards the world, we’re missing out on those aforementioned benefits–the benefits necessary to keep our nation strong.
So, as you can see, it’s more than just a group of people sitting around talking about poetry; it’s a group of people enlightening and empowering one another. Originally, my primary intent behind starting W.R.T. was because I just wanted to geek out with other writers. But, now that we creative minds have been meeting up for over a year, it has become something more than I could have ever dreamt–an enriching and a profound communal/human experience, with the potential to have a lasting positive impact on the lives of my literary brothers and sisters, myself, and my community for ages to come.
If you would like to find out how you can attend the Wordsmiths & Readers of Tarrant meeting, please feel free to e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text or call me (817-952-9241).
We would love to see you there.