Every time I run across a quote or interview with J.K. Rowling, I’m struck with the depth of her wisdom.
She is famous as the author of the Harry Potter books, but she is also a living example of hope and inspiration, as her journey to fame and fortune, took her through really tough times.
One of my favorite quotes comes from a 2008 commencement speech J.K. Rowling gave at Harvard. She said:
“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.”
I love that! It is so true and empowering and such a good reminder.
So often, we look outside of ourselves for the answers…or for the problems. And that makes it hard for us to see what is within us. Our power.
This week, one of J.K. Rowling’s Twitter followers asked her what she would say to someone who had “failed to find meaning and wants to finally give up?”
Her answer was beautiful and Huffington Post shared it, as well as, some additional wisdom from Rowling in earlier interviews…I really encourage you to read it. It’s not long. You can find it here.
My favorite part of the article was towards the end, when Huff Post references a 2008 interview Rowling gave, where she said:
“I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What’s to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that.”
Again, empowered and wise.
And her wisdom comes from truth.
J.K. Rowling has fallen and found the resources within herself to pick herself back up and keep going and growing.
That is courage and grace in living color.
How do you do it though? How do you get through the dark and tough times?
My uncle celebrated his 15th year of sobriety at the end of April and marked the milestone by attending an AA meeting with one of his mentors. He emailed me after to share this:
One of the attendees told a really good story and one thing they said reminded me of you. You may have already heard this, but it was new to me. She said she was really struggling to make her 1 year coin and only had 32 days to go. Her sponsor told her something that helped her, the day before, when she called in a weak moment.
Her sponsor said: “Look down at your feet…….be there. Be where your feet are.”
Now is always the best place you can be because it is the only place you have any power.
The past has already happened and the future doesn’t yet exist, despite how much time we spend thinking about what might have been or what could happen.
Right now, in this moment, you have the power to create. To take action. To change.
So, look down, see where your feet are, and be there.
Growing with you, with love.