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When the words carry you where you need to go

Strength, courage and wisdom. It’s been inside of me all along.
— India Arie

When I pondered the answer to today's question, "What essay, poem or short story do you return to again and again?" this is what kept showing up:

Inside my head there lives a dream that I want to see in the sun. Inside my eyes there lives a me, that I’ve been hiding for much too long. But I’ve been too afraid to make a choice, because I’m scared of the judgment that may follow. Always putting off my living for tomorrow.

It’s time to step out on faith. I gotta show my face. It’s been elusive for so long. Freedom is mine today.
— "Strength, Courage and Wisdom", by India Arie

It's actually the words to a song. I've told you before that living in Portland for a year was the year that I unraveled. These lyrics carried me there, as I drove across the country alone. They delivered me to the place I desperately needed to find: the me that I'd been hiding for much too long.

Ten years later, I'm back home, full circle, living a different life. And the words stay with me. When I'm driving around town, I slide the disc into the player and remember that every day is a new opportunity to step out on faith and show my face.  

Freedom is mine today. 

This week, I'm answering five questions posed by author and writing teacher Kate Hopper, and I'm inviting you to join me. You can answer today's question, "What essay, poem or short story do you return to again and again?" in the comments, or on your own blog. Then you can include the link at the bottom of this post. Click here for tips.

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