The Courage to Blog Imperfectly

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” (Can you guess who said this? Initials A.N. 1903-1977 Much-quoted controversial French writer famous for her diaries.)

OK, so I’ve been thinking about blogging for some time now, double-minded about whether I wanted to embrace this different way of writing, afraid of the technology and the whole online world, not sure how to get started. And of course there’s the perennial concern of not being “good enough.” If one could just be assured of doing something perfectly, there would be no need for courage.

Then I came across something I wrote back in 1988 in a little journal I was writing to my newborn daughter:

“I wonder what opportunities you will have in your life. I want to help you—to protect you from destroying yourself by envying anyone else’s opportunities and to encourage you to use ALL of yours. One mistake I have made is to let some chances pass me by because I lacked confidence. When I act courageously I grow, I’m happy with myself, I live a fuller life. Of course, when I do this I often end up too busy and have to put up with leaving some things undone. But this is worth it for me. I feel more alive. When I act on fear or a desire for security, I usually am sorry.”

My old journals tend to be among my best advisors, so here I go.

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4 Responses to "The Courage to Blog Imperfectly"

  1. Teri Hyrkas says:

    Is Anais Nin the person you are quoting, Tracey?
    I think it is true that living with regrets is hard. I don’t want to live in the land of “I wish I had done such-and-such.” As long as my desires line up with what God allows, I want to have the courage to follow the inspirations of my heart. As you mention, that ususally means re-arranging schedules, and dropping some worthy and interesting activities. And it might mean spending years learning how to do something well, and dealing with lots of frustration along the way, too.
    Here is a neat little video that addresses the issue of feeling like you work is never good enough.
    http://goinswriter.com/never-good-enough/

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  2. Shannon says:

    Tracey,
    I have just one word- impressive! What an example of courage you are, not only to your children, but to the rest of us.

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  3. Hope Squires says:

    Tracey — welcome to the wonderful world of blogging. Well, sometimes it won’t feel wonderful, but then, when you need it the most, someone will stop you on the street, and their eyes will well up with tears, and they’ll tell you that you said exactly what they needed to hear that particular day. Enjoy the journey, and in the meantime, enjoy Ann Voskamp’s blogger’s prayer: http://www.aholyexperience.com/a-bloggers-prayer/

    I read it often. It refreshes me and reminds me of why I blog. And it keeps me focused on what’s truly important (hint: it isn’t the stats page).

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