Here’s a number for you:
1 in 400 billion
That is the probability of you being born–your parents finding each other, your grandparents finding each other, your great-grandparents finding each other, and so on all through the history of time.
You are a miracle.
So……….. Continue reading
I read this quote today from Steven Pressfield‘s book, Do the Work, and it blew me away.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
— Marianne Williamson
I love the part about “your playing small”. It’s such an eye-opener. How many beautiful, talented, thoughtful, caring people ‘play small’ because maybe, deep down inside, they think they’re nothing short of worthless? You deserve better.
P.S. Watch this amazing amazing video. I honest to God just found it randomly on Youtube and it blew me away.
Last week we learned that Be Loving applied to everyone we meet, even the people we can’t stand. Be Loving is not false praise or syrupy-sweet patronizing but sincere interaction, and comes from the most sincere place—our humanity. It’s really nothing more than putting our best thoughts, words, and actions forward.
The next part is connected to this.
Here at the LitAdj offices (and by ‘offices’ I mean ‘the desk I bought on clearance at IKEA eight years ago’) there have been some changes sparked by the changing of the year. First, the look feels a little less gloomy. And second, I’ve gone back and reread some old stuff and improved them, like my About page. This is the time to look over what you have and see what has worked and fix what hasn’t. So in the spirit of self-improvement, I’ve come up with a new mantra for the year: Be Loving, Be Humble, Have Direction, Have Fun. Not only does this pertain to my writer’s life, but also to what I call my ‘civilian’ life. You know, away from my ‘offices’. Continue reading
Recently, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do here at LitAdj.
Then it hit me—