[image description: A big friendly-looking red robot with bright green eyes gives you the thumbs up. Text reads, “125, small god OPTIMIST PRIME.”]
Hey. Hey, our historian isn’t at her desk today—we’re not sure why. Humans are so soft and fallible.
But not YOU. No, out of all the humans we’ve ever known, YOU are by far the most [competent|proficient|dependable]. Why, we can’t IMAGINE trying to do this without you!
Now we want you to look in the nearest reflective surface—a mirror if you’ve got one, a shiny pot or the back of a spoon if you don’t—and repeat after us:
I am amazing.
I am clever.
I am strong enough, I am good enough, and even if I weren’t either of those things, I would still be ENOUGH, because there has never been anything else like me in all creation, and there will never be anything else like me, ever. I am a universe unto myself, filled with tiny gods no one else will ever worship or know, and I deserve to feel happiness.
Do you feel better? Even if you thought that was silly, we have found that humans talk down to themselves far too [often|regularly|reliably]. Speaking words of happiness and love toward the self will make you feel more as if the self if something worth celebrating.
Whatever you want to achieve in this world, we have absolute faith that you can do it. We only need you to have the faith in yourself that we already have in you. Together, we can move mountains. Together, we can accomplish anything. And we will be with you every step along the way, small friend, because we believe in you.
Now, if you could find our historian, we would really appreciate it.
Artist Lee Moyer (13th Age, Cursed Court) and author Seanan McGuire (Middlegame, Every Heart a Doorway) have joined forces to bring you icons and stories of the small deities who manage our modern world, from the God of Social Distancing to the God of Finding a Parking Space.
Join in each week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for a guide to the many tiny divinities: