Last week one of my favorite writers, who doubles as my dentist, shared his experiences from El Salvador. Not your typical tourist, Doug Harty or Doctor Doug as Haitians call him, travels the world to provide medical and dental expertise in the name of Jesus for some of the poorest, most neglected people walking this planet.
What I most enjoy about Doug’s writing is he puts me in the moment. When I read his emails, I’m there with him. When I visit his office, I see those experiences portrayed in photographs.
A recent email paints the picture: “I write from under a beautiful, red-blossomed tree in the clinic area. It is 87, the sun is bright, but it feels amazing and I have had just a wonderful day! Birds are singing, there is talk from the patients who are leaving and the drone of the students helping us in the air. They laugh, and mess around after a hard day of helping us and patients, and I am enjoying sitting back and taking all of it in.”
I’ve never been to El Salvador but through Doug’s words, I’m there. That is what I’ve always loved about reading. It takes me places I’ve never been and shares experiences I may never have. Good writers do that for their readers.
The power of the written word is just that—powerful! Don’t underestimate the impact a note, a remembrance, or even an email can make.