Not specifically by the writing itself, but different things:
– One friend loved the clear and elegant design of the site.
– Another was impressed with my “technical skills” in setting up a website and social media pages from scratch.
– Someone said how brave I was to share my writing publicly (she is herself a wonderful closet writer).
– Someone else still said she was inspired to see me posting on a regular basis while having a full time job.
Of course I would be lying if I said I didn’t get huge encouragement from such positive feedback. My friends’ kind comments went a long way to keeping me writing.
But the thing is none of those specific things seemed at all special to me. In fact, they seemed very banal, and as I explained to everyone:
The design of my site is a template.
I set it up using a “for dummies” PDF guide and countless video tutorials.
It did take courage to start sharing my writing – but since I am not very courageous, I couldn’t have done it without the support of my 30 Days Challenge friends.
I sometimes barely manage to do a post a week. Sometimes it takes such willpower that I don’t do anything else. I haven’t been to the gym in ages – I put on five kilos.
So this tells me something important:
If we consistently fail to acknowledge, or underestimate the things that we’re good at (“if we can do it, surely anyone can?”), who knows how many people are totally inspired by our seemingly banal skills, and what we see as our routine daily lives?
It is virtually certain that you are an inspiration to the people around you, in some way or other, for reasons you may not realise.
It could be that people admire your effortless style, or your sense of humour.
Maybe you have a special talent for bringing people together wherever you are, and you always bring the party with you.
Or maybe you are quiet, and have a wonderful aura of calm and balance.
Your colleagues might think you’re a genius organiser, or a born leader. Unbeknownst to you, they might admire how sorted your career plans are.
Even at times when you feel your life is a mess, it is not impossible that others will have noticed your grace, your courage, your honesty going through tough times.
Or someone might just wish their house was kept as well as yours.
Whoever you are, someone somewhere will be in awe of you. For being you.
Just as you are.
I love the poetic notion that each of us was put on this Earth for a very good reason.
It takes all sorts to make the world go round.
We need you to be yourself and shine.
Go on. INSPIRE US.
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