"A big man is one who makes us feel bigger when we are with him."
~ John C. Maxwell
This week, Natalie Whipple wrote a post--an amazingly powerful and deeply honest post--that sparked a chain reaction across the blogosphere. It was painful to read. It was real and beautiful and courageous and all kinds of admirable. It was also terrifying.
Beth Revis wrote a post, too, also full of naked truth and courage. So did Candyland, in a post about "What If???" And Elana Johnson in a post about the subjectivity of the publishing industry. And Susan Quinn about failing the right way.
And what did I learn from all of these posts? That I love each of these ladies even more than I thought I did! We ALL feel what each of them expressed. We ALL share the same feelings of insecurity and doubt, of jealousy and fear and sometimes hopelessness. But we don't all own it, share it, use it to help others feel stronger.
I felt less alone when I read these posts. I felt sympathetic--and for Natalie, heartbroken--but I also felt inspired and strengthened and emboldened. And I felt tremendous awe and respect for their willingness to share personal fears with us.
They are big writers, and they made me feel bigger for having visited them and shared in their posts.
Thank you, ladies!