That quote comes thirdhand from a podcaster* sharing the premise for another podcaster’s work. I heard it tonight while working out and it matched another quote from a previous podcaster talking about not saving your story until you reach the “Ta-da!” point. To me, the messy middle is why I write. I gain clarity and direction. I work through my thoughts and feelings. I write my way there.
It takes courage To share from there From the messy middle From the front lines From the hot bed of activity Within and around From the place where it doesn't make sense yet Where it's not polished or articulate But winds and bends Is up and then down Shows conviction and later doubt From the place in between Where you were and where you're going Who you were and who you will be It takes courage to face the uncertainty The unknown, the fear, the pain And share that story Share that truth So it becomes a beacon for others Who are bogged down in their own Messy Middles *Quote from "Should We Stay and Fight, Leave, or Do Nothing?" WeCanDoHardThings by Abby Wambach about Robin Roberts and Glennon Doyle from a prior podcast speaking about her anorexia Photo: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ. 12.29.22 by LA
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