Recently I had someone use my exact words as her own. While I appreciate that something I wrote had resonated with her, I will admit that I was offended. Here’s why.
It is so important to credit the author of a sentiment. We do not offer our words up to you without first having traveled deep within ourselves to express them. Our experiences shape and formulate our expressions.
Our words or work may inspire you. It may light a fire within you. It may push you forward and offer revelation. Honor that by offering us our credit where due. Do not adopt our words as your own. Instead, work with us by identifying us when you choose to share our magic with others. Honor our journey to our work, and respect our choice to share it with you. Do not plagiarize, it is to steal from our very souls.