Sometimes, when I sit down to write a post I think, “Did I say the same thing last week?” I try to stop this second-guessing of myself by saying, “It doesn’t matter if you’ve said it 100 times. It’s the thing that seems to be pressing to be expressed again, so just write it.” And then for good-measure I will add, “And lighten up and get over yourself Mary.”…that does seem to help….sometimes it actually makes me smile. It reminds me that the part of me that I’m trying to “get over” is the self-concerned, petty, small-minded, fearful person who looks for what is (or might be) wrong instead of right, sees the bad and overlooks the good. This is not the real me, but it can sure do a pretty good job of convincing me that it is, and when I listen, I stay small.
This quality of lightening up, being easy on ourselves, looking for reasons to appreciate who and what we are, and letting go of the concerns about how we will be perceived by others, is so freeing to experience (and to be around). I love the quote below. The simple, yet profound words, “Simply try to tell the truth…” and the truth is that you are a unique being who (at your core) is pure Divinity expressing through the shape of you. And there is nothing small about that.
“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it“. C. S. Lewis