During those times when I have struggled the most, and most needed that outstretched hand or a few simple words from someone who may not have realized how badly they were needed, I have found my footing and restored calm to my core by deliberately being that person for someone else — sometimes just one person; sometimes, for as many as I can reach.
This is the center panel of the Drawing Out The Dragons audiobook. It’s what I often inscribe when I sign copies. It’s my message for you, here, now, in this moment.
For all those whom I love. For those who call me friend and mentor. For my colleagues and peers and fellow travelers. For my children. For everyone who is looking to find a reason to lift your head up a bit higher, stand a little straighter, and take another step on your path.
If these words resonate, if they feel as if they have been written for you, then they are. Be fearless. Know there are things worth fighting for in this world, in this life. Know you are loved, and that your words have value. And speak. I’ll be listening.