You really should read this book.
I know that my friend's statement is true, but I'm hesitant to do so. You see, she's recommending a book about motherhood.
I'm writing a book about motherhood. I've been a mother for almost seven years, and during those years I've nursed a constant desire to write about my experiences. In fact, I did write about my experiences: in my journal, in long emails to friends, in Word documents that no one read other than me, and then finally, in this blog.
The idea of writing a book seemed beyond me, though. Books are written by other people -- smarter people, more talented people. And the idea of writing a book on motherhood seemed like overkill. The field is saturated. What else needs to be said on the matter? How could I possible add anything to the discussion?
It took me years to believe -- truly believe in my core -- that not only could I write a book, but also that I could write a book that adds value. When other people, like my publishers, confirmed that belief with a book contract, it was icing on the cake.
Even so, the idea of reading yet another book about motherhood while I'm still in the throes of finishing my own was a nervewracking prospect. What if this author has beaten me to the punch by saying everything that I'm saying? What if her writing is markedly better than mine?
I read her book over the course of two workouts on the StairMaster. It's good. It really is.
But do you know what? There's still room for mine.
There is room for our gifts. Don't think that there isn't room. Our generation faces more information -- more websites, more books, more blogs, more songs, more Pinterist ideas, more recipe concepts -- than history ever has seen, and they're at our fingertips daily. It's easy to buckle under the copiousness of it all. It's easy to wonder if you have anything to add.
You do. So, write that story. Create that recipe. Market that business idea. Take that picture. Compose that song, that poem, that play, or that YouTube video idea that you think could go viral. You have value to add. Don't deprive the world of your contributions because you doubt their significance.
A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. (Proverbs 18:16)
Don't you ever forget it.