One of my favorite bloggers is Annie Downs. In my opinion she and I would be BFFs if we lived in the same city and/or actually knew each other. This is especially true when she posts things like this. While watching the video she linked to I laughed at how well it was done and felt struck by the lyrics. I’ve been listening to the song all week and humming the line “show me how big your brave is” in my head on repeat.
A few months ago I “attended” a webinar that Annie hosted online through the Influence Network called “Writing Through the Seasons”. I love writing and wish I did it more, but I find some “seasons” I am more open to writing than not. I loved her class and connecting with other women through it.
While sitting in youth service Wednesday night the thoughts that were the basis of my last post came flooding through my mind. When I got home that night I sat down and started writing. As my heart poured out through my keyboard I was surprised at what came out. It was true, honest and spoke clearly to a season in my life.
As I prepared to push the “publish” button a voice of fear said, “either, this is going to make sense to no one or people are going to think you need to be committed.”
Neither of those things happened. Instead that post became one of the most highly read posts I’ve written. People publicly commented about it, emailed me their stories, talked to me about it in person and it became a meal topic between mutual friends.
Truthfully, I was shocked. It seemed that Annie was right back in January when she told us that when we write honestly about the right things, right people, right experiences at the right time it would impact people.
I love writing. I process life and faith best in that way. It helps me provide order, clarity and insight to the thoughts running through my head. But sometimes when those things are deep or honest, I’m not brave enough to put it out there or even write them down at all.
That’s one of the reasons that the Sara Bareilles song resonated so much this week. You see you and I are uniquely created and gifted in a way that will impact others. The most impactful gifts are the ones that are sometimes the scariest to use and share. I’m learning though, it’s worth being brave.
So friend, how do you need to be brave? I’m going to heed Annie’s advice and “be brave with my words.”
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