Today's Soulful Share is about SELF ACCEPTANCE.
It is about being all of YOU. The you that is brilliant. The you that is awkward as shit. The you that can make a killer pie. The you that hates public speaking. The you that curses your cellulite. The you that has the most gorgeous eyes. The you that has fallen so many times she is afraid to try again. This is the YOU that accepts YOU without the guilt, the anger, the self attacking and the whacking yourself on the forehead shouting, "why! why!" why! when you make a mistake.
For me, I can relate a recent self acceptance epiphany to the hosting of a book club.
I joined this book club and instantly thought...shit! What book am I going to pick? What is a normal book? What do normal people read? What the heck is normal? What will these people think I am into?
What you read says so much about a person. I was in a panic trying to pick a book that wasn't too weird, too woo-woo, to scientific or too college textbook-esque.
I chose the Alchemist. A classic. The most brilliant and inspiring insight to the power of the universal wisdom that exists. This universal power exists for and within us all. This book showcases that we all have a personal legend. I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. It is a must read if you are into that kind of thing.
I was for sure that this book would be easy to love. Inspiring to many and reminding us all that we have our own unique path mapped out just for us. I also thought it was a very normal book. I was wrong. They didn't love it in the same way that I did. The connection wasn't there for them. That was perfectly okay.
The point I am making here is that in my past I would have called my husband crying after everyone left wondering why in the hell I am so weird and think in such a deep manner. Why can't I just be normal? Why do I dissect life and books like I am going to write a 20 page essay on them? Why am I such a awkward nerd? I could go on and on.
But you know what...I DIDN'T.
I was perfectly fine with the silence.
I didn't care they didn't like it.
I didn't care if they thought I was nuts for loving it so much or dissecting the role that nature played in the book in an over the top, enthusiastic manner.
And do you want to know WHY?
I accept myself for who I am and why I am.
I know I am a bit out there...but only for some.
I know I am a bit nerdy...but only to some.
I know I am not for everyone...but I am everything to some.
I didn't take this to the insecure level that no one likes me and I am so dumb for trying to fit in over a book. This is a past pattern. I didn't feel like I needed to HIDE. No emotion.
SO MUCH FREEDOM. (My fellow YTT's...my declaration ;) )
So much freedom came out of that night.
It is my hope and prayer for you that you love and accept everything that you are. We really do have our own "personal legend" that we are trying to fulfill one day at a time. Don't worry about what others think and definitely don't let it keep you away from things you love.
Each challenge is an opportunity for growth.
Every thing that happens to you did on purpose.
Your thoughts create your reality.
Bring the reality you TRULY desire into your life.
The world really needs you to show up as YOU.
You were made perfectly.
I love you for who you are.
I have faith you WILL and CAN succeed.
I love your flaws as much as I love your perfections.