“I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The function of man is to live, not to exist.
I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time.”
― Jack London
The ocean waves crashed on the shore.
My sweet little family was fast asleep.
It was early morning. I stood with coffee in one hand, ears on the waves and pen and journal at the ready.
It was the week the news broke about the immigrant children being torn away from their families. My heart was broken in a million pieces. My stomach felt sick from a knot that just would not go away.
I woke early, as I always do, to get my solitude and thinking time — my creative brainstorming time, my sacred soul-care time.
And that morning, tears fell down my face as I wrote.
The world needs … nothing. Nothing but unconditional love … and amazement. To feel the amazement that we are here on this planet. That our skin colors and lifestyles are so vastly different and yet we can always find common ground in how beautiful and profound the ocean is, or the song of a bird or the crash of lightning and the boom of thunder.
We may endure storms of all kinds — real and unreal, physical and emotional — that flow like chaos in and out of our lives, but we can always look up and delight in the light of the world around us. The moon. The stars. The sun. We could be anything. A speck of stardust. A cloud in the sky. A mushroom. But we are not. We are human beings. We need to amaze in each other’s beauty and flaws and quirks. We can celebrate and heal together. We can help each other RISE. We can lift each other up.
No, the world doesn’t need anything … but for its people to wake up and out of its deep slumber where everything is small and trivial and about your own success and your own failures so we can finally build a collective YES, we’re in this together, let’s do this together, we’re stronger together.
No, the world doesn’t need anything.
The words flowed because I realized in that moment that the world needs my voice. And I’d rather be ashes than dust.
And it needs your voice, too.
As mothers, it’s easy to think that we don’t have time or energy to let our voices be heard, to let our bodies be seen but the world can’t change if you stay small and quiet.
I’ve been leading women around the world to be more intentional mothers … and in that work they learn how to fit creativity back into their lives.
Because being creative — whether it through cooking a meal and being hospitable, or making art or writing can and does change the world.
We feel it when we’re creating, writing, making, tinkering.
And yet motherhood can be our biggest source of creative energy — and our biggest source of exhaustion and inability to DO anything with that creative energy.
But know this … your passion, your spark is waiting to be a light in this world.
All you have to do is claim it.
Or, reclaim it if you feel like you’ve lost it.
And step into your authentic place in this world.
Because the world needs YOU to be you.
And so … let me ask you this: What would you rather be, ashes or dust?
What spark inside of you needs to be SEEN?
What needs to start GLOWING from you?
Are you existing or are you LIVING?
And, finally, how are you using your time to make a statement of living?
In August, I’m going to be offering my program SoulShine: Finding Your Purpose Beyond Motherhood. This extremely creative, self-discovery course teaches you the exact process I used 10 years ago to lead me to create The Abundant Mama Project — my own passion and purpose. If you are ready to find your purpose, let your light shine and be YOU in this world, consider joining us and get on the waitlist now.