Friday, December 4, 2009

Being And Becoming

Are you trying to become someone or something that you are not? I hope this isn't the case.

You don't need to run around, looking for the right book, the right song, the perfect insight in order to be ok. That kind of living is wearisome, isn't it? When we live like this, life becomes an exhausting search for what we think we need to find, even if we are unaware that we're doing it.

What if we could take time to stop?

Stop it all. This is not easy all of the time, with the noise of Musak everywhere and bills to pay. But surely we can find a moment. Why don't we? Maybe we're afraid of what we would find or maybe what we wouldn't find.

But you don't have to run away from yourself. You don't have to be afraid. It may take some time, but instead of running I hope you can learn that you can stop and realize that you are ok. You are not inadequate or bumbling or a failure. Inside your heart is a unique and beautiful soul that is perfectly fine just the way it is. Hard to believe? Perhaps it is, but I believe with all my heart that it is true.

Does that mean that we need nothing but ourselves, or that we can't be real doofuses sometimes? Of course not. We need relationship and we have the opportunity to learn from those around us and receive soul-warming gifts from them.

But we don't have to run around anymore. We can stay home, in our hearts, and we can even stop and listen. And from there, from that place, we can begin to move not out of a place of panic or unrest, but out of the joy that comes with knowing that we have wondrous, beating, beautiful hearts and that we are good enough just the way we are.

Go easy on yourself.

Be kind and gracious toward yourself.

You are good enough just the way you are.