I started this blog to share things that I had learned along my journey, things that have made me healthier, things that have made me more productive, things that have made me a better person. I wanted to be honest and helpful. And yes, I wanted a lot of people to read this. I think that I have a small group of regular readers, but I wouldn’t say that a lot of people read this.
Does that matter?
To my ego, yes.
To my desire to get hired to speak to groups about these things, sort of.
But I’ve heard two quotes in the past week that have really hit home for me and sort of reminded me of my real intent for this. I started it to share what has worked for me to hopefully help others, even if that’s just one person.
“Few of us are satisfied with retreating from the world and just working on ourselves. We want our training tot manifest and be of benefit. The bodhisattva-warrior, therefore, makes a vow to wake up not just for himself but for the welfare of all beings.” – Pema Chodron
That’s it. I’m trying to be my best for myself, but also my family, friends, community, and anyone else that I might be able to make a difference for. If I’m healthy and energetic and productive, but don’t do anything to help others, it really is a waste, in my humble opinion. I’m trying to do that by showing up for people in my life, but also through writing this blog.
The second quote came from Glennon Doyle when she was a guest on a podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert. Gilbert asked her what she says to people who ask her how they grow the number of followers for their blogs, etc. She said that you can always pay businesses that will get your followers, but that’s not real. Her advice was:
“Serve your followers so well that they invite people to you.” – Glennon Doyle
She also talked about being so lucky to have a platform to reach people, and I am definitely grateful that I have this space.
I hope that I’m serving my readers well. If you share this with others who you think may get something out of it, great. If you get something out of it, but don’t share, that’s okay too.
If you’re not getting anything out of this and are reading it because you’re procrastinating instead of doing something you’re trying to avoid, stop. Go do that thing instead.