This above all; to thine own self be true.
We think of the Bard as the hallmark of verse, the measuring stick of literature, but did he have any idea we'd think that all these years later? In Hamlet, was Shakespeare's paternal admonition to himself or someone else?
Ah, Dear Reader, my brain already grows weary in this undertaking. I doubt myself. I think, "Who am I to write on such lofty subject matter?" If it weren't for the Internet, I'd have no clue about Moore's moving speech or what play the oft quoted quote comes from. Already I digress from my topic, if only slightly.
It wasn't until recently that I realized exactly what chord was struck within me by that movie. It starts with this scene between Jo and Professor Bhaer. He takes her aspiring words and seemingly rips them to shreds. Much to her chagrin, Professor Bhaer basically gives Jo the same advice Polonius gives to his son, Laertes, in Hamlet, "to thine own self be true..."
I hope everyone's God-sized dream journey is being at least as much a voyage of discovery as mine has been so far. One part of my journey has been to become more exposed with other bloggers. I've learned when I'm trying to do something new with my blog that looking at widely read blogs for models or examples is helpful.
Like most things though, even good ones, there's usually a fallacy or two. For me, using others' content as a gauge of my work, rather than a mirror for reflection, is the fallacy. All too often, it's bred suspicion and distrust about my writing, instead serving as an inspiration.
So, maybe I needed to hear the Moore's 2015 version of Shakespeare and Alcott, "Stay weird. Stay different..." But I also need to temper that encouragement with godly inspiration/guidance/motivation.
Dear, Dear Reader, you have become so important to me. I've confessed my silly stats addiction to you. But I've also shared that before, during and after I write I am earnestly in prayer about each topic, each phrase, each quote, each graphic. I'm trying to choose obedience over vanity, and leave the outcome to the Lord.
Please know, I don't count delusion as one of my many flaws. As much as my flesh craves notoriety, my heart longs even more for the surety of knowing I've done the Lord's work by being true to myself, even if it means being weird, or being different, or having plummeting blog views or book sales.
So, Dear Friend, I hope you will keep stopping by. I hope you'll find a little nourishment for your heart while I try to stay to true to what the Lord wants me to write, and if not, perhaps on your next visit.
What motivates you to stay true to yourself? How do you know what is true about you?
Now that the worst is over, we’re pleased we can report that we’ve come out of this with conscience and faith intact, and can face the world—and even more importantly, face you with our heads held high. But it wasn’t by any fancy footwork on our part. It was God who kept us focused on him, uncompromised. Don’t try to read between the lines or look for hidden meanings in this letter. We’re writing plain, unembellished truth, hoping that you’ll now see the whole picture as well as you’ve seen some of the details. We want you to be as proud of us as we are of you when we stand together before our Master Jesus.