Be a voice not an echo.
I remember reading about Fred Rogers, an American television personality (called Mister Rogers) , talking of the great cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. Mr Rogers tells of a time when he sat in on one of Yo-Yo Ma’s cello classes. “During that master class one young man was struggling with the tone of a certain cello passage. He played it over and over and Yo-Yo listened with obvious interest. Finally, Yo-Yo said, “Nobody else can make the sound you make.” That young man looked at Yo-Yo Ma and beamed. What a gift those words were not only to that cellist, but to everyone who was there. Nobody else can make the sound you make.”
What powerful words….Nobody else can make the sound you make.
Yes, my posts are often inspired, like this one is, by things I read in books or other blogs. My posts are also inspired by what’s going on in my life. And most often these two threads of inspiration combine in my head to create a post.
(Read Modern Gypsy’s post in which she talks about cross-pollination of ideas.)
I’m not sure where I came across those words, but they spoke to me loud and clear.
Be A Voice Not An Echo
I’ve thought and and keep re-thinking (over thinking too, perhaps) about my blogging. Just yesterday, I shared my thoughts on blogging as giving.
I’ve been also toying with the idea of blogging every day. I started #write31days a little late and there are still gaps to fill, but I’m enjoying the act of sitting down and putting a post together every day here. The fact that I need to do a few more during the week for my other blogs, doesn’t seem to kill the excitement of writing here.
Strangely, even though I have a blog dedicated to blogging in Write Tribe, I’m more and more drawn to writing about blogging, writing and creativity here. I’m allowing my spirit to lead me to do this.
In many ways, Everyday Gyaan is the blog on which I am most myself. And that’s what I want my writing to be. Unapologetically me. Flawed. Imperfect. Authentic, even when it hurts.
“In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard.” — John Grisham