Because this is my story, the word “I” is used more than “I” would like. My previous egotistical personality would have loved this. Screaming “YES! Daily emails about Josh!” to whomever might reluctantly listen. My true self requires no such shallow reinforcement. Emails about Josh. Yes. But only as a tool to serve and inspire. As one of my teachers David Thoreau effectively so eloquently sums up in this quote he uses to begin one of his books:
“In most books, the I, or first person, is omitted; in this it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference. We commonly do not remember that it is, after all, always the first person that is speaking. I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well. Unfortunately, I am confined to this theme by the narrowness of my experience.”
Please take time to remember this. Your story is one of the most valuable things you’ve got. The more personal, the more universal it becomes. The more specific the better. The more detail, the more connection. Shying away from telling yours for fear of seeming egotistical isn’t helping you. Or the world. It’s how we relate. Find your true “I Am that I Am” and express it fully. Will there be critics blinded by your light? Of course. Don’t let them suffocate you. Let the world know who you are. And I’m not talking about the shallow version of yourself. I’m talking about what’s deep down. the stuff you may feel will make you seem weak. It won’t. Your vulnerability is your strength. Show it. Bow before your magnificent self each morning then go out and share it.