I’ve always liked the time before dawn because there’s no one around to remind who I’m supposed to be so it’s easier to remember who I am.
-Kai Skye (known to many as Brian Andreas), shared by Barb
True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.
-Brene Brown, shared by Brittany in West Allis, WI
There’s a lot of people out there that will try to tell you who you’re supposed to be. And oh goodness there are all kinds of messages swirling out there in advertising and social media that will tell you who you *could* be if you used this particular service or purchased that kind of product or worked hard to do this, that, or another thing.
Let’s take a break from all of that and see if we can hear something else entirely, because I would like there to be at least one voice whispering in your ear ever so gently and ever so clearly: “Who you are right now at this very moment is exactly the person you’re supposed to be. It turns out that the world happens to need the very YOU-ness that you have available to offer right now. No more, and no less. I’m sure of it, 100% positive, because your very existence on the planet and your very presence in the universe at this particular moment in time guarantees it.
Actually, it might help if there were a couple of voices encouraging you: mine, yours, and perhaps you can think of others who consistently and magnificently remind you just how fabulous it is to have you in the world, showing up just as you are right now.
Listen carefully to these voices, and perhaps be the voice for another person in your life who needs to hear it, too.
P.S. I’m curious to connect with a few folks who have been listening to early episodes of The Ripples Pondcast (or watching the video version on YouTube). If you have a second, please reply to this email and let me know what you think.