March 29, 2007
Liz published this at 9:11 am
Be Your Own Friend
We all have moments of self-doubt. Maybe not, but I sure know I do. As we get to know ourselves and find our feet, the moments get shorter. I don’t expect they ever disappear completely. The seems a momentary reminder of our fragile humanity.
This week I had a tired moment of self-doubt.
Tariq called at that same time. This lucky girl is getting to feel familiar with that blogger synchronicity, but I’ll never stop being captivated by its joyful and genuine surprise.
While Tariq and I talked about the options that stood before me and the barrier of self-doubt that I was holding up, he said something so simple. These aren’t his words, they’re mine. How could I remember word-for-word? I was listening from inside a box I’d built around me. But what Tariq almost whispered went something like this . . .
Liz, I know you know what to do. . . . . You wrote in a blog post last week. . . You tell other people all of the time. Tell yourself now.
“Act like you know what to do,” was what I answered back.
“That’s it,” he said. “Just do it for you. You do it for everyone.”
Then I saw myself on the other side of that darn barrier. What had been the scary thing that made me think I needed to stop myself from trying?
I did what I had been afraid to do. Nothing could have been so well-received.
Tariq had reminded me to know what I already knew.
It changed my life that day.
Friends do that for each other.
We can change the world — just like that.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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Email me about what you’re doing or what we might do. Let’s change the world one bit at a time together. Together it can’t take forever.