“If you feel something calling you to dance or write or paint or sing, please refuse to worry about whether you’re good enough. Just do it…Offer a gift to the world that no one else can offer: yourself,” Glennon Doyle. I think we all need a reminder from time to time to stop taking life so seriously. I’ve been reading a book by a Stoic lately and I struggle with it only because there is a fine line between maintaining logic and cutting out humanity. In an ideal state of mind we are always rational and understanding and looking at the big picture, but we are humans. We have a calling in our souls to create and interact that aren’t necessarily explained by logic. Sometimes we just FEEL. Perhaps, on a stoic level, that too makes sense. We have urges and we don’t need to be defined by them—the only difference is the stoic would ask what good it does society. If there was no overall point, they would say not to do it. I think that misses the point, however.
Being alive is a gift and we have great capacity to do a great many things with our lives. It isn’t always our job to figure out what that purpose means. Our job is to fulfill our purpose and let the universe allow things to fall into place. As much as we are instruments, we are also of the universe and that means we will feel things. Logically, that in itself is reason enough to do it. I’ve lost emotional control countless times in my life. Energy surges and bubbles over and I’ve realized that energy is excess of the things I’ve been denying in my true nature. There is something that is trying to come out and when it has been denied for too long, it starts to seep through the edges. THAT I believe is true of all of us. We are trained to ignore our instincts because society is afraid of those who know themselves. They don’t know where we fit in and a mind that doesn’t follow the path is unpredictable. All they can do is plant the seed of doubt and feeling unworthy in those people.
To that, I say re-read Doyle’s quote. If you feel that calling, do it. That voice, the one only you can hear, is meant for you for a reason. You’ve been given a gift to share and that calling is making sure you don’t forget it. One topic we’ve covered at length in these pieces is being honest and getting to know ourselves. I believe this quote echoes the importance of that. So often highly intuitive or feeling people are looked at as selfish or irrational or overly emotional. I say they are no more selfish than those who try to force the expenditure of energy from others on their personal efforts. I’m not saying we shouldn’t help each other, I am saying that it is even more selfish to point out someone’s flaws when their behavior doesn’t serve your purpose. We are meant to fulfill our purpose and we don’t have to justify that to anyone. Judging good or bad is also irrelevant. We are all novices at something at some point.
I think the other important message is this: it doesn’t matter if it is good or bad. The message you have to share through any form of creative or daily communication is going to reach those who it is meant for. We aren’t all meant for everyone. It doesn’t work like that. We will have targeted messages and sometimes our work is how we speak to others. The quality doesn’t necessarily matter because the people it is meant for will understand. Please don’t think I advocate for slipshod or shabby work, far from it. I simply want to encourage people to not allow the beginning stages to be a discouragement from ever getting started. And no disrespect to the stoics, but there is a degree of emotion in most logos no matter what you say. Eliminating feeling won’t eliminate the knowing that we are meant for something greater. Try that logos on. The more you allow yourself to feel what you’re meant for, the better you will be able to serve your purpose. So answer the call!