Self-Care Challenge (Day 73): Making a Contribution

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On day 73 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored how I’m making a meaningful contribution to the world.

No matter where we are in life, we all have something to contribute.

As many of you know, I’m in the process writing a book. Over the past several months, my days have been filled with writing, re-writing, deleting and refining the many sentences, paragraphs and chapters that will eventually tell the story of self-care.

For the past several weeks, the sum of my work has been in the hands of my editor. Fortunately, I planned a vacation during this time, because I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t on pins and needles wondering what the feedback would be. Will I be disappointed in myself if he discovers handfuls of grammatical errors? Will he think the book is dumb?

These kinds of beliefs are what keep us from making significant contributions. They hold us back, making us resist the idea of sharing our thoughts, ideas, and gifts. Throughout this process I’ve had to remind myself that even if just one person finds meaning in my words, it will all be worth it.

The aim is not perfection. At some point, we must release our unreasonable expectations of perfection in order to find peace.

I once read that if we don’t have an outlet for our thoughts and ideas, they will die inside of us. How tragic would that be! We all have something meaningful to say.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a desire to write. This form of expression is therapeutic–in some ways, cathartic. But it’s easy to understand why more people don’t do it. It’s risky. Our thoughts and ideas are safe in our head, but the moment we release them into the world we must be prepared for the reactions of others.

Nevertheless, each of us has something to contribute; the form makes no difference. Artists, carpenters, writers and every other talented individual with skills that don’t fit neatly into any category, all have beautiful things to share.

The more we support each other, the more beauty we will all experience.

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