Your Life is YOUR Story: Take your pen back and hold it tight

We fell in love with this blog post by Rachel Griffin and would love to share it with everyone.  This post resonates and connects so well with us.  From the first line till the last.  It's a must read!

Your life is a book

and it’s time for you

to take your pen back.

It’s time for you to write.

Get out your eraser

and erase the things

you’ve let others write

that don’t feel good.

Those words are not true for you anymore.

Others can write in their own books,

but not yours.

Hold your pen, tight.

Your life


your story.

When she said you were ugly

When he said you were crazy

When they called you a freak

When they said, “You won’t amount to anything!”

When the TV told you about fear

When the magazine told you about beauty

When haters

tried to make their own pain


by insulting you

with lies.

It’s your choice what to keep

What to believe

What to let live in you.

Ask yourself,

“Does this build me up

or tear me down?”

Keep what is nourishing.

Hold what is kind.

It’s your responsibility

to your spirit

to write like you know

you can.

To write, with love

To write until

your hand aches

To write for those

who need your words

the most.

Write what no one else dares to

Write the truth

Take chances

Write in


Don’t be jealous

of other books

with shiny covers.

They are all

works in progress

on the inside.

Sometimes the shiniest outsides

have the saddest stories

hidden away.

Hold your book to your chest.

It is so precious.

It is such a gift!

We can all write

something grand!

No one’s pen

works better.

Everyone’s pen

is magical

and powerful!

Write yourself

love letters.

Write about what brought you joy

when you were a little child.

What did you want to do

when you were seven?

And life hadn’t crossed out

your pictures.

When naysayers hadn’t

ripped out your plans.

When you hadn’t given your pen away

fearful that you didn’t have the words.

You’ve always had the words.

No one

No one was more qualified to write than you.

No one has a book without

confusing chapters,

without mistakes.

Those chapters

made you a better writer

Those chapters

had a purpose

But those chapters are done.

Look at the things you wrote

that make you cringe.

Why did you make those choices?

Were you in pain?

Were you trying to find love

in all the wrong places?

Were you hurt?

It’s time to forgive that broken you.

You were doing the best writing

you knew how to do

at the time.

Guilt and shame just

affect the new chapters you write.

They use up way too much ink.

Ink you could use to write beautiful, helpful things

write your life without them now.

It’s never to late

to write differently.

to write without

anyone’s judgments

or predictions

weakening your hand.

It’s never to late

to change the course of the story

to make the next chapter


Your book is valuable.

Your book is worth reading and sharing.

Your book is great.

Publish it, baby!

No book is perfect

Because perfect books

Are boring books

Your book is better than perfect

It’s a joyful




Credit:  Rachel Griffin


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