A tree doesn’t try to be a lightpost. Moonflowers don’t blossom during the day. When my thoughts continuously, incessantly form themselves into at least somewhat coherent sentences or intriguing essays, why am I not writing them onto a page or screen?
If I believe so much in one’s authentic being, if I know without doubt part of what I am called to do in this life, then why am I not doing it?
It’s easier to maintain a facade of what’s expected. It’s easier to flow with the crowd through the mainstream canal, anonymous, seemingly indifferent, unaffected, doing nothing to roughen the waters.
Or is it?
The cacophonous buzz of the masses contrasts greatly with the passionate hum of conversation found amidst a group of people sharing in lives of authenticity. Is the disquiet of the soul, the unrest of a tortured spirit worth the weight of carrying around a mask, an appearance of being something or someone we’re not? I’ve always known there is greater beauty in a natural brooke meandering through the woods than in a concrete, polluted city canal.
If all I have to be is myself, then may I have the courage of Lady Godiva to go boldly through the village, my life, claiming nothing but what is mine.
There are no good excuses; there are only excuses. An excuse is merely apologizing for not doing something, being ashamed of what is or justifying the absence of it. I owe it to myself to be fully honest. I make my own choices, whatever the circumstances. I am certainly not sorry for who I am.
I celebrate my gifts and give thanks, whether they be talents God-given or skills I have to work hard at. I hope you can know enough about yourself to do the same. May every day bring us the courage to write, to do what we’re given to do, participating in the creativity of Life.
And I figure if I can get up at 5:30 AM to do this, then that’s a good place to begin again. I hope this is the beginning of a trend.