Previously on this blog…
On Monday this week I wondered “aloud” that maybe I didn’t have anything to say.
On Tuesday, I asked if you really needed a burning passion for a topic if you wanted to write or podcast.
Now I’m curious about something else.
What does it mean to have a message you want to share with the world?
What is a message?
There are many reasons to write, which I explored yesterday. Those don’t require a passion for a topic. So I’m thinking those things might not qualify as a “message,” either.
The word “message” seems heavy. It feels like a burden. Something is burning within you and pressuring you to shout from the rooftops!
Writing about a random idea you had while making breakfast doesn’t seem to qualify as a message.
But maybe there’s another way to look at this. Let’s explore this idea for a moment.
Could a worldview be a message?
In other words, no matter what topic you write about, could your worldview make your random ideas worthy to be called a message?
A quick Google definition search for worldview results in this:
“a particular philosophy of life or conception of the world.”
Wikipedia has an entry on worldview with an incredible amount of details.
If the concept of worldview were the main topic of my blog, then I would have source material for three years worth of daily blog posts.
Since it is not, I’m going to focus on just a few ways I think worldview can (potentially) make anything you write qualify as a message.
A worldview is, simply, the way you view the world.
But that involves many things.
Consider the specific things that have happened in your life.
- The good.
- The bad.
- The traumatic.
Everything and everyone you’ve dealt with have shaped the way you see everyone and everything.
A worldview can be as narrow as one individual. No one has experienced your life in the exact way you’ve experienced it.
Yes, you are unique.
And that makes your worldview unique.
Your personality type also plays a role in all this.
One of my favorite personality type assessments is the MBTI.
If you ever get a chance to take the full Myers Briggs Type Indicator, go for it. It’s revealing.
It also costs money, so an alternative is a free test like this. It might not be as completely accurate, but it’s a really good test that’ll get you started exploring how your personality affects your view of the world.
How does personality type affect worldview? Consider this.
What if you could go back and actually live someone else’s life? From birth to now, what if you could experience everything someone else has gone through. Would you have the same worldview that person now has?
I don’t think so.
Personality type alone is so powerful that you would still not turn out exactly like that other person. The way you see the world and make decisions are affected by your personality type. For everything they faced in their life, you would have seen things differently and made different choices.
Or think about it this way. What if someone else “walked in your shoes” and went through everything you’ve experienced. Because of their personality type, they still would not understand what you’ve experienced fully. Not 100%. They would have responded differently because of the way they see the world and make decisions.
So what I’m getting at is this. Your unique worldview affects everything you write or podcast about—every word choice, every tone of voice.
And because of that, the random idea you had while making breakfast might qualify as a message.
What do you think about that? What’s your view of worldview from your perspective?