I Hear You
An hour had passed before I gave up. I shut my laptop, sighed, and went to bed. I'd never been one to get writers' block, but when trying to think of a new blog post to publish, I kept getting into my head.
"What could I possibly write about that people will care to read? What would I say that hasn't already been said by someone else?"
Well, that was over a week ago. And here I am, with my laptop open for the eighth night in a row, with an answer: nothing. There is no new and powerful advice or life-changing story I can offer. But you already know I'm not going to leave you with "nothing." In the midst of stressing about what I’d write for the four people who might read this (hi, Dad!) I learned a couple of things:
1. Your voice, no matter how small you think it is, has a ripple effect. Every day, you're throwing word pebbles into a massive pond. Depending on the weight of those words and how you throw them, you'll see a few rings rapidly spread from the point of impact. Throw enough pebbles, and you're making waves. All this to say, your words create and carry energy well after the moment they've left your body, and they can spread to affect others. Choose your words wisely.
2. Just because you heard it before, doesn’t mean it’ll sound the same now. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told, “believe in yourself!” I guarantee I’ve rolled my eyes at this saying more than a dozen times. If you look it up on Pinterest, you’ll see it said and designed a thousand different ways. Case and point:
It wasn’t until moments before writing this post that these words meant something to me. Maybe it was because I had no other option. I could either write about my raw state of thought and believe it would be a positive step forward, or watch ANIMAL KINGDOM ON AMAZON PRIME (#ad #JKNoOneIsPayingMeShit). Back to my point: you can hear something a million times, but until you let yourself be vulnerable and listen with an open heart, you’ll never reap the benefit. Listen more. Let things soak in. Reflect. Respond.
I assume that none of the above is news to you. However, I hope that you realize that you are significant, whether you think someone is listening or not. Don’t do things for an audience, do them because they feel right.