It turns out my previous post resonated. With lots of us.
Maybe it's because doubt has plagued you, that you're familiar with fear being an immobiliser or the cause of your procrastination. Maybe you need to find the place of expression with abandon.
Or. Maybe it's because you feel like there aren't people in your world who are willing to wiggle their shoulders along with your happy.
I know how that feels. I have felt the messy mix of confusion and hurt, anger and indignation.
I'm familiar with the way it makes you internalise, and wonder if what you've got is even worth giving, and ask quietly just what is wrong with what you do.
I have friends in my world who haven't liked my Facebook page, don't mention my writing in conversation, and never like my Instagram posts. But you know what? That's okay. I don't need them to.
Those who can't wiggle along to the tune you're singing? It's more about them, than about you.
But what you've got? It's brilliant. It's amazing. You just keep doing what you do, because in that you'll find the best thing: You'll find a tribe of people who will cheer you on from the sidelines.
The tribe who will understand.
The ones who bleed with words, or with music, or with paint, or with justice just like you do.
I'm a part of that tribe. I'm bigger.
I'm going to wiggle on in support of others, and know it doesn't make me smaller.
It doesn't dull my sparkle. It doesn't lessen my value.
Because you know what? We need it.
As much as we know that our value is deeper than the amount of 'likes' we receive or the number of followers we have, I know that when I click the like button it means something.
Its a tiny applause. It's a pat on the shoulder. Its encouragement from the depths of my soul that says yes! Go, you good thing!
I'm going to be that for other makers and crafters and singers and pastors and all of those who wear their hearts on their sleeves, and walk in a place of vulnerability.
It's not easy to walk here.
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
Be very sure now, you who have been trained to a self-sufficient maturity, that you enter into a generous common life with those who have trained you, sharing all the good things that you have and experience.
Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life. Galatians 6:5-6 (MSG
So I'm here just wigglin'. Smiling big at the way you're dancing and cheering you on.
Sharing all the good things that I have and experience. Lets do it together.
Because the world needs what you have, and what I have, and what we have collectively.