It's easy to feel we're never good enough. It's easier to beat ourselves up instead of patting ourselves in the back. For all of you going through hard times in your life--whether it's with your writing, your personal life, your career, whatever--I want you to know that we all have individual worth. We all have something special inside of us, something that no one else can own because it is ours and ours alone.

When life kicks you down in the gutters, when you think no one cares, look inside you. You care. We all do.

 My writer friend Jen was going through a writing funk yesterday and I just really, really wanted her to know that she is NOT inadequate. So I promised her a song, and here it is. For her, for me, for you...

song and lyrics by Anna Nalick

Oh the night, makes you a star
And it holds you cold in its arms
You're the one to whom nobody verses I love you
Unless you say it first

So you lie there, holding your breath
And it's strange how soon you forget
That you're like STARS
They only show up when it's dark
'Cause they don't know their worth.

And I think you need to stop following misery's lead
Shine away, shine away, shine away
Isn't it time you got over how fragile you are
We're all wait--
Waiting on your SUPERNOVA
'Cause that's who you are
And you've only BEGUN TO SHINE.

There are times when the poets and porn stars align and
You won't know who to believe in
Well that's a good time to be leavin'
And the past knocks on your door
And throws stones at your window at 4 in the morning
Well, maybe he thinks it's romantic
He's crazy but you knew that before

And I think you need to stop following misery's lead
Shine away, shine away, shine away
Isn't it time you got over how fragile you are
We're all waiting,
Waiting on your SUPERNOVA
'Cause that's who you are
And you've only begun to shine...

...Won't you shine, shine, shine, SHINE OVER SHADOW...


Miranda Hardy said...

I think we are our worst critics.

Christine Murray said...

I agree with Miranda. We judge ourselves way more harshly than anyone else does.

Jennifer Snyder said...

Honestly, this was just what I needed to see in this moment because I'm being exactly what Miranda said, my own worst critic. Thank you for posting this.

Clarissa Draper said...

What a nice thing to do. And what a beautiful song.

Morgan said...

I agree, and by being our own worst critic we create unwanted stress which is never fun. I've been more stressed out this week than usual (and beating myself up for it) so it was great to be reminded that you don't need to be so hard on yourself.

Beautiful song. Thanks so much for posting it!

Suzanne Payne said...

I felt like you posted that one for me too, Cherie. Wow...great song. Those words rang straight through me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Every time I feel bleh about all my faults, (the list is far too long to list) I'll get that song and listen to it. It's going on my ipod today. :) Love you, girl.

Angela V. Cook said...

I don't have sound on my laptop, so I couldn't listen to the song, but I read the lyrics--beautiful!

Okay, so I'm about to admit something very embarrassing--I love Mily Cyrus's "The Climb." I'm not a huge fan of her, but the lyrics to that song are so incredibly inspiring. Sometimes, I think we all get a little discouraged, because all we can think about is the end goal (getting published), but really, the road we take to get there (the climb, if you will) is pretty amazing (and important). :o) The harder we struggle with the climb, the more awesome it'll be when we reach the top!

Angela Felsted said...

I hadn't heard this song before, and the lyrics rock!

Kimberly Krey said...

Great message to share; we all need that from time to time. :)

Krista M said...

We are our own worst judge sometimes. That's great encouragement! We all have worth. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this!
Brilliant song, brilliant idea.

Jen said...

Thank you for this! I have been truly humbled by all the support I have received. This song is beautiful, and now I will always think of it when I feel down. There is so much in life worth working for and this is just one of those things that is incredibly hard, but worth the character building it brings. I am so so so touched. Thank you again!!

cherie said...

I'm glad you enjoyed this song. I love Anna Nalick. She's an incredible songwriter and singer. She wrote this song for a friend who was having realtionship issues. The message is simply this: We all have worth, and we don't need someone (in Anna's friend's case, the jerk boyfriend) to validate us. We've only begun to shine, and there is more to come.

Angela, I love the song "The Climb" too. It does have an inspiring message.

Jen, you are welcome. I play this song over and over for me...it's good to know there are still many wonderful possibilities waiting for us. That we are capable of wonderful things.


Anita Grace Howard said...

Have I told you today that I love you and am SO grateful and blessed to have you in my life?? I mean that Cherie. When I tell you sparkle, I really, really mean it. You do. It's your soul and your spirit. You shine, just like the song says--everyday--by making all of us feel special and worth something. THANK YOU for being who you are!!

Joyce Lansky said...

That's a good song. I'd never heard of it nor Anna Nalick. Thanks for sharing.


rivercat said...

wonderful post. :)

Anonymous said...

This is such an encouraging message! Thanks for sharing. I definitely need to hear this from time to time.


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