SLSCF. Self Love Self Care First. Counterintuitive in our culture.
Anything other than a deep motivation, that comes from inside us, nurtured with unending love, patience, compassion, and a humble acceptance of our limitations, is not going to allow us to be our truthful selves.
External validation, and conventional success, while having a place in our development and enjoyment of life, can, and will, arrest our progress, by covertly forcing us to become a label, a title, a position, a kind of person, a mold of the expectation of others.
Unbeknownst to ourselves, giddy with a stroke to our ego, and our genuine need to belong, we accept this imprisonment. Not wanting to disappoint others who have placed their expectations or needs on us, we might keep trudging along in a direction that is not truly of our choosing. Or, we may accept the terms of such success by willingly offering our wrists to the handcuffs that accompany it.
If we want to live as free and whole as we possibly can, this a heavy price to pay. Great creativity, authenticity, and original work will not come from a place of such bondage.
Random, and regular check ins through the day can help keep our mind set stay positive and keep us centered to our inner self. Carving out our own path has not been easy in any time. But now,
So, we must put our blinders on.
Truth. Our Truth. The Truth.It is beautiful. It is ugly. It is savage. It is kind. It is brilliant.It is reclusive. It is quiet. It is boisterous. It is bold. It is gentle.
If we look for outward signs (unconsciously seeking forms of permission granted by someone else, an extraordinary religious experience, or external circumstances) to move forward on the grand plan of our life, we are certain to miss the boat.
And our calling.
Until next time,