On believing in your work

How many pats on the back
Does it take for you to believe that you matter?
That your contributions count?
And once you know it
How much rejection does it take
To knock you off your square?
The battle to believe in your work
Often looks like the struggle to believe in yourself.
Our work is constantly used as a proxy
For our worth as a human beings-
Constantly on the verge of being ‘useless’
Or one step away from small time ‘celebrity’
Depending on the status of our current projects.
And so our work and our identity
Find an interlocking kinship,
So much so that we forget that
It is the creator that gives value
To the created thing
Not the other way around.

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