Sometimes we need a little push to start, a tap on the shoulder to give us direction, a tingle of inspiration to excite our imagination, or a reminder of purpose to sustain us on our journey.
Sometimes we need a nudge.
The Nudge: March 2016
Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.
Helen Burns, Jane Eyre’s short-lived childhood friend, serves as Jane’s moral compass, delivering compassionate wisdom far beyond her years in the face of cruelty.
What if Helen’s words were applied to writing, specifically to our own when we have the inevitable feelings of insufficiency? Life is indeed short, and if we nurse animosity towards our own voices, sharing our stories is nearly impossible. What if we approached writing like Helen Burns coached Jane Eyre to approach life? With compassion. With forgiveness. And with hope.