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

Writing OutsideNo matter where we are in life, we all have something to contribute. 

As many of you know, I am 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. Essentially, I’ve been putting my ideas into words. 

And for the past several weeks, the sum of this work has been in the hands of my editor. Fortunately, I was smart enough to plan a vacation during that time, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t on pins and needles wondering what the feedback would be. Would I be disappointed in myself if he discovered handfuls of grammatical errors? Or would he think the book was dumb? 

These kinds of self-limiting thoughts and beliefs are what keep us from making significant contributions. Many times, I’ve had to remind myself that even if the words contained in my book speak to only one person, it will be worth it. And, honestly, if that one person is just me, I’m okay with that too.

At some point, we have to release our unreasonable expectations of perfection 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. As morbid as that may sound, it’s what pushed me forward in the first place.

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 all other talented individuals with skills and talents that don’t fit neatly into any category, all have beautiful things to share with the world.

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


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