When the universe keeps repeating itself, we must pay attention.
For more than two months now, I’ve been hearing the message you are enough in so many ways. Sometimes directly, sometimes in things I’m reading. And I don’t know about you, but when I see something crop up again and again, I know I need to take notice.
Today, in Marney Rich Keenan’s Detroit News column, she quotes Anna Quindlen, a favorite writer of mine for at least two decades, as saying, “After years of hearing, not thin enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough…almost overnight I woke up one morning and thought: I’m enough.”
In the same paper today, Terry Barclay, president and CEO of Inforum, wrote an opinion piece about ending the mommy wars. Truly, I can speak to the trend of women judging each other, women getting in each other’s faces (don’t even ask me about the gossip women hurl about others just because they’re jealous/threatened/enter-your-adjective-here).
It’s time to stop.
It’s time to stop focusing outside of ourselves and truly look inward, a sort of soul reckoning that can only happen in the quiet of one’s own dawn – not in the presence of others.
I have long believed that every single person is put on this planet for a purpose. We each have skills and perspectives that contribute to the betterment of the world. If we use them well.
The trouble is, we’ve lost focus.
We are a society driven by give-me-more and look-what-she’s-got and I-feel-so-alone.
How did this happen? How did we forget that there is enough room for everyone, no such thing as competition, that what I do well, I alone do in my own way, and no one else can replicate?
I speak from experience. Having chosen the field of writing, where there is no shortage of eager applicants, I know that my way of telling a story is different from everybody else out there with pen in hand. And I have to believe that my words are special enough to somehow see the light of day. With or without others around me also publishing their wonderful works.
See it goes like that.
Wish good on others and it bounces back to you.