Happy Thankful Thursday!
This Thursday is a big one for me. For those of you who don’t know, I’m quitting my day job, and becoming a full-time artist, writer, poet (and keeping my options open to the universe for whatever else might come my way). I feel privileged to have arrived here, and have worked very hard to get to this place.
There are reasons I’m leaving my job. Many of them have to do with not feeling like I’m living my purpose. But, I am also grateful. I’m grateful that people believed in my ability when I didn’t, and I’m grateful for many skills I have learned — from people managing, to hiring and firing, to grant writing.
I think I am most grateful, though, for learning about the significance of community. I cannot, and do not believe I could ever, do anything successfully on my own. Success takes a village, and we must lift each other up whenever we have the ability to do so. We must surround ourselves with people who lift each other up, and operate at high frequencies (borrowing Jen Sincero’s language).
You might read this and wonder what I’m doing, exactly. I don’t have a huge platform on Medium. I don’t have a whole lot of internet “reach” or “influence.” I’ve really only been on Medium for about 3 months — not a lot of time. I’m not an “influencer” on any platform. So why am I doing this?
It’s all about gratitude.
I can’t offer anyone my platform. I’m in a position where I may not be able to be as generous with my wallet as I have been— though we’ll see (giving is very important to me). I don’t even care if I post something you wrote and you never read anything I write ever again — it’s not about getting anyone to reciprocate. This isn’t transactional to me.
Gratitude is free. Spreading love is free. Sharing something or someone I love with those who are willing to listen and read costs me nothing. If it helps in even the smallest way — if it makes you feel like you’ve been seen, even if it’s just for a moment, that’s meaningful to me. I see you, and I’m thankful for all you do to put yourself out there. I’m thankful that you have impacted my life with your words.
I’m really more hopeful that you all will support each other. When I hear that someone started following someone else on one of my lists that they had never heard of before, that warms my heart. People supporting each other — that’s what it’s all about for me.
So, here is my list for Thankful Thursday Post 2, in no particular order, as always:
- Jun Wu, a beautiful writer and friend, is currently doing a series on all of her favorite writers by category. I love this. I love it because it’s helping to promote other writers, encouraging sharing and community. This is her post that includes members of the poetry community, and since I get to be a little bias (I love my poetry people), I’m including this link here:
The Medium Writers Who Inspire Me Part II
Awesome writers in their perspective categories whom you must read.
2. Guérin Asante pointed me in the direction of Adam, Diabetic Cyborg, and I am incredibly grateful for that because Adam is the sweetest. He shares stunning Buddhist wisdom, and posts a vlog as well. This one particularly touched me, as it pertains to going through difficult times. Read it here:
Buddhism: Your Faith Must Persist
Do notAlthough I and my disciples may encounter various difficulties if we do not harbor doubts in our hearts, we will…
3. Leslie Wibberley wrote an inspiring and deeply meaningful essay on fear inspired by loss. She encourages readers to get out there and live life without fear limiting their potential. Though the reminder was somewhat solemn, it was exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you Leslie, for sharing your vulnerable experience with your readers. Here is her story:
4. On a significantly lighter note, Andrew Knott, one of my very favorite humorists, published an essay on rewards for introverted kids. The thing that really got me, though, was how deeply I related to the plight of the introvert. Though I am an introvert, I am much more of an extroverted introvert. But, I HATE red rover just as much as the next uncoordinated, introverted kid, apparently. Thank you, Andrew for making me feel like I’m not alone in my childhood school-related trauma.
5. Christina Ward 🌼 is a lovely poet and person. If you are a poet reading this post and you have a facebook account, I hope you join the community of medium poets Christina has created — it is one of my favorite Facebook communities for medium writers. But, I digress. This poem that Christina wrote is not only stunning, it is very inspiring to me as I learn the identity of my own muse — my great grandmother Frieda Goldberg. Thank you for sharing this poem, Christina — a beautifully written dedication to your muse. Read it here:
6. Thank you Zach J. Watson for getting this damn song stuck in my head for daaaayyyyys. In all seriousness, though, Zach is a fantastic writer in a variety of topics across Medium. I love the work he does in humor, and this treatment of “Old Town Road” made me laugh out loud. Read it here:
I Listened To Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” for 3 Hours Straight.
Notes & Observations about the world’s most popular song.
7. Kristi Keller published a piece this week about what it takes for women to get ready. I read it laying in bed, crusty sleep in my eyes, hair on top of my head in a scrunchy. In the moment, this essay felt very powerful to me, as I stared down the barrel of what it was going to take to get from “groggy mess” to “work appropriate”. Most importantly, though, Kristi helped me feel seen that morning for the struggle of being a woman. Read her post here:
8. Matthew Smith — man, where do I start? Matt is the creator of “The Bad Influence” and the “Write Free Project,” two publications I enjoy publishing in regularly. Matt gets that sometimes, you just have to get your ideas and words out there — who cares if it’s pretty, polished or makes sense to anyone but you? Sometimes you just have to get it out — pure catharsis. I love it. Matt has published many pieces that have been meaningful to me, but I will start here with this one, which is a bit more tame. I loved it because it was beautiful, vulnerable, and left me feeling happy too. Read it here:
9. Shannon Ashley I love this post, and I love Stevie so so much. I recently finished listening to “The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks,” on audible. Stevie is such an inspiring woman, and so is Shannon. Thank you for writing this post, and reminding us all that we can go our own way. Read it here:
10. Oh boy this was a good one. Jason Weiland was speaking my language in this post. Life is too short to work at a place that makes you miserable, and Jason gets it. I loved it. We have to keep singing this chorus line together — no one should have to live out their life miserably. Check this one out here:
Alright, that’s all we have for this week, folks. Again, I am left feeling like I have so much more gratitude to share, but it will have to wait until next week. Thank you to those who inspire me, lift me up, and help to lift others every single day.
Thank you for reading, and I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your day!