I’m Nobody! Who Are You?

image“I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there ’s a pair of us—don’t tell!
They ’d banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!”
Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems     (poem 260)


We all have countless opportunities to nurture genius, but we must be constantly looking for it in unexpected places.  Genius hides behind the shy eyes of a child, often too reclusive to leave her familiar surroundings.  In 1862 Thomas Wentworth Higginson wrote a piece in the Atlantic Monthly entitled “Letter to a Young Contributor”.  The response he received, written in a peculiar bird-scrawl began, “Are you too deeply occupied to say if my Verse is alive?” It appeared to be unsigned until he discovered a small sub-envelope within that contained a card with the shyly penciled name “Emily Dickinson.” Enclosed also were four poems, and his curious and encouraging response led to a three-decade correspondence with Dickinson, she playing a coy “Scholar” and he bewildered and moved by the flights of her mind.

Be awake to others.  You never know who they might turn out to be.

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1 Peter 5:5-7

Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

4 thoughts on “I’m Nobody! Who Are You?

  1. Everybody is somebody! I am a mom to an awesome son, a mother-in-law to an incredible woman, a MoMo to two cute-as-bugs grandkids. I’m also a fabulous friend, mentor, etc. etc. Oh, and I write and make art. I’m somebody! I know He cares for me because He has given me so many gifts. And one of those gifts is to give to others.

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