Self-leadership is about digging out your hidden endowment and making them known and useful to those who need it most.
If you truly want to be respected by people you love, you must prove to them that you can survive without them.
A lame creature, a cripple like myself, has no right to love. How should I, broken, shattered being that I am, be anything but a burden to you, when to myself I am an object of disgust, of loathing. A creature such as I, I know, has no right to love, and certainly no right to be loved. It is for such a creature to creep away into a corner and die and cease to make other people’s lives a burden with her presence.
Our shadow is on the outside. And we can see in the dark: we can see you, we see you turn away, but one day we finally understand that you turn away not from our faces but from your own fears. From those things inside you that you think mark you as someone unlovable to your family, and society, and even to God.
And I wasn’t playing a role – I was trying to be myself.
But the harder I was striving, the more I was realizing that I had probably lost that ‘myself’ somewhere between two perfectly performed roles…
Comfort is not a goal that I seek, rather it is a place that I hide.
One had to build shelters. One had to make pockets and live inside them.
Refrigerators are good for keeping homemade moonshine less gross. Freezers are good for keeping rattlesnakes less angry. Garages are good to hide in when your wife finds either.
Trying to erase, hide, discredit, degrade, and suppress a writer’s work, merit, voice, and influenceis unconstitutional. Censorship only exists to protect corruption.
When you cut pieces out of the truth to avoid looking like a fool, you end up sounding like a moron instead.