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Be A Voice Not An Echo #write31days

Be a voice not an echo.

I remember reading about Fred Rogers, an American television personality (called Mister Rogers) ,  talking of the great cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. Mr Rogers tells of a time when he sat in on one of Yo-Yo Ma’s cello classes.   “During that master class one young man was struggling with the tone of a certain cello passage. He played it over and over and Yo-Yo listened with obvious interest. Finally, Yo-Yo said, “Nobody else can make the sound you make.” That young man looked at Yo-Yo Ma and beamed. What a gift those words were not only to that cellist, but to everyone who was there. Nobody else can make the sound you make.”

What powerful words….Nobody else can make the sound you make.

Yes, my posts are often inspired, like this one is, by things I read in books or other blogs. My posts are also inspired by what’s going on in my life. And most often these two threads of inspiration combine in my head to create a post.

(Read Modern Gypsy’s post in which she talks about cross-pollination of ideas.)

I’m not sure where I came across those words, but they spoke to me loud and clear.

Be A Voice Not An Echo

I’ve thought and and keep re-thinking (over thinking too, perhaps) about my blogging. Just yesterday, I shared my thoughts on blogging as giving.

I’ve been also toying with the idea of blogging every day. I started #write31days a little late and there are still gaps to fill, but I’m enjoying the act of sitting down and putting a post together every day here. The fact that I need to do a few more during the week for my other blogs, doesn’t seem to kill the excitement of writing here.

Strangely, even though I have a blog dedicated to blogging in Write Tribe, I’m more and more drawn to writing about blogging, writing and creativity here. I’m allowing my spirit to lead me to do this.

In many ways, Everyday Gyaan is the blog on which I am most myself. And that’s  what I want my writing to be. Unapologetically me. Flawed. Imperfect. Authentic, even when it hurts.


“In life, finding a voice is speaking and living the truth. Each of you is an original. Each of you has a distinctive voice. When you find it, your story will be told. You will be heard.” — John Grisham





  1. William William October 14, 2016

    Great post, it is so important today to be a voice when so many people are followers.

  2. Nan Nan October 13, 2016

    “…that’s what I want my writing to be. Unapologetically me. Flawed. Imperfect. Authentic, even when it hurts.” This was very eye-opening. I’ve been wrestling with myself about the purging I started about events in my past that led to where I am today. They are ugly and I just felt, after the first one, just a little naked. I am going to go on and be authentic – thank you!

  3. Lata Sunil Lata Sunil October 13, 2016

    Beautiful words Corinne.. words to ponder.

  4. Jan Jan October 13, 2016

    I needed this today 🙂 Much love <3

  5. Parul Thakur Parul Thakur October 12, 2016

    I love the thought behind this post. Something that I needed to hear. A kind of affirmation that I should continue to have my voice and let people figure out if they think it’s an echo.
    That quote by Grisham is just beautiful.
    I love the NaBloPoMo in November – it gives me that opportunity to write every day 🙂 And it’s the season too. 😉 Toying with the idea this time.

  6. Shantala Shantala October 12, 2016

    This is what I love the most about you – your authenticity – that comes across in your posts. Stay the wonderful person you are. 🙂

    P.S. Love the title – it has given me some food for thought for the day. 🙂

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