The entries came from far and wide, but the winner was Laura49 with this entry:
Laura49: “Never forget that no one is better than you, and you are not better than anyone else. Everyone is special in their own ways. Treat everyone as equals and you will have a life full of love, honesty and joy.”
We’ve heard it before but it’s a sentiment that bears repeating: “…no one is better than you, and you are not better than anyone else.” It’s especially helpful for writers because it’s so easy to become discouraged or jealous when we read brilliant writing, or to feel superior when we read something poorly written. In those moments of judgement, my heart closes and my writing output decreases. If I don’t catch myself and continue in the same vein, writing becomes less of a pleasure and more of a chore. A lovely way to regain equilibrium and restore productivity is to read the Desiderata which expands on this theme. Recently, for a young friend attending a Breadloaf Writers’ Workshop, I wrote ‘DESIDERATA FOR WRITERS’. Read it HERE. With thanks to Max Ehrmann!