I want to let you in on a little secret: every single time I put out a newsletter, offer a workshop, share my art, point you in the direction of my website, organize a conference, or have a conversation about what matters most to me and what I stand for, I hesitate. I think thoughts like "What if they aren't interested in my work? What if I am pestering them? What if they think I am boring or silly?"
Every single time I share a piece of myself, I have to talk myself into it.
This is the quote that helps me share myself with others:
Find your voice,
shout it from the rooftops,
and keep doing it
until the people that are
looking for you find you.
Here is another secret: every single time I do share myself, someone (and I can never predict who it will be) tells me it was just what they needed to hear, just what they needed to do, or it inspired them to do what ever it is they do. And if I don't hear it soon after I share, someone will come up to me months or even a year later and say, "I didn't tell you then but what you wrote really mattered to me."
We cannot predict who we will influence or how we will influence. But I believe if you have the urge that doesn't go away to share something of yourself, it will in some way be a good thing for someone else. You may never know who or how. We have to let go of the need to know those answers.
If you have been thinking about sharing something that is important to you but have hesitated out of shyness, please share it with the world. Yes, it occurs to me that someone might think me boring, silly, pushy and annoying but they can always unsubscribe from my correspondence. There is someone out there that is looking for exactly what you have to share. You have to speak out so they can find you.
If you could use some inspiration or know someone else who might need friendly support, send me an email with your address and I'll send you a few small cards like the ones above that you can give to others. There is also a larger version you can print for free off of my website. Because isn't that what we can do, support each other with love and encouragement? The cards are free to anyone.
And, don't be shy, let me know what you are up to!