Your task is to be true not to be popular (The Message Bible)
Often I lead creative writing at work. These are two little pieces I wrote one day during the activity:
It seemed like a good idea at the time: putting it off til tomorrow. Not saying anything right now. Not saying what I want to say. Not speaking my mind. Not standing up for myself.
I need to stop ignoring my own internal demands. My needs are just as important as anybody else's but I am the only one that can enforce them. Therefore, taking care of my needs are more important than pleasing other people, even if I love them. By taking care of myself, I give myself validation and love, which frees me to better validate and love others.
The cosmos is within us. We are made of star stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself. (Carl Sagan, Cosmos)
Without the dark, we'd never see the stars...
Unless the stars aren't there.
And why is it dark?
Maybe it's smog.
Maybe I'm so busy examining my soul that I forget to look up in wonder.
Is my internal darkness brighter than the sun?
Where do I look when I forget to look up?
I look inside and I remember -
That we are all made of the same matter that makes up the stars.
That even on the darkest night, we all have an inner glow that shows the way home.