We all strive to be our best. We try to eat right. We try to be active. We try to take time for ourselves. All while also trying to be our best for those we serve; our work teams, our boyfriend/girlfriend, our spouse, our children, our parents, our friends, our pets. It can be overwhelming. We can often put too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect. We set expectations that are almost impossible to achieve. We can begin to believe that we will never be able to earn our “halo.”
Listen to me: You don’t earn your halo. You have always had one, and believe it or not, it is still there; bright and shiny. You are perfect just as you are, just as God created you. You are enough! Let me say that again. You are enough!! Within you is all of the “specialness” that is YOU. The world has been waiting for you to come along and share yourself with us. And everything that you are IS ENOUGH! You were “fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful” (Psalm 139:14).
You may say to me, “but I don’t necessarily like who I am right now; I know I can be better.” Awesome!! You have goals; you want to be better than yesterday. You may not be able to achieve all that you want at this moment, but you are trying, and that is what is most important. The great news is that today is a new day, and with each day we get to try again. And be honest with yourself; each day is full of successes. Did you wake up today? Did you smile at someone today? Did you pack your kids lunch? Did you let someone in front of you in traffic? Did you take the stairs today? How far did you walk from the car to the office? Are there veggies in your lunch today? Do you have a bottle of water with you right now? Look at that; you are doing great! You should celebrate and take a few extra minutes to sit quietly and be thankful for all that you are and all that you were able to achieve today. You ROCK! Tomorrow you are going to start there and achieve a little bit more. You got this!
I implore you to start today with a deep breath and a smile; don’t just jump out of bed and hit the ground running. Center yourself first. Even a sprinter before a race, will breathe deeply, stretch a little, and mentally visualize running and winning the race. You deserve the same as you start your journey today. You are so very strong. You are brilliantly smart in all things “you.” No one completes all the wonderful things that you will today like you will. Actually no one could be a better you, than “you.” That is your stabilizing constant success; being you.
Life may seem like it is more than you can handle or want to handle. It may seem overwhelming. Most of us have more on our plate than we will be able to complete today. Society seems to place great worth on how much you can achieve. Society encourages us to believe that achieving more will make those around us happier with us or more accepted. The bigger tragedy is that we may even internalize this concept over the years, and now believe within ourselves that we must achieve more in order to be proud of ourselves. I mean, look around you at all that everyone else is achieving; you don’t want to fall behind. STOP IT!
You have lots of responsibilities today and guess what? You will likely knock most of them out of the park. Really, you will. Think of all the things you will accomplish. You are driven and motivated. You will not let something slide. You will do all you can to follow through on your commitments. You may not be able to accomplish everything, but what you do, you will do to your best at the moment. And like a small stone in a pond, your actions will slowly start to affect the world around you. The world needs you. You have a purpose. We all do. Most of us are still trying to figure out what it is. I believe that ultimately our purpose is to share ourselves with the world, our true selves. Purpose is revealed in even the smallest act you make. Maybe you don’t complete that project today. Maybe you don’t finish that manuscript. Maybe you lose that account that you have been working so hard to get. But in the journey lies your purpose.
Don’t forget to reward yourself for the small things. Merely waking up today, showing up today, being “you,” is exactly what the world needed. And let me say for all of those that you touch today, THANK YOU! We all appreciate what you do today. We may not show it. In fact, sometimes we are struggling in our own path and find it hard to show gratitude to others, but you know what? Just you walking with us at that moment, helps us, even if we can’t find the energy to show you.
So take that breath, smile, stretch, visualize you running the race of today, and pat yourself on the back. You will be able to walk your path today like only you can do. You will rock this!