If I could give you any gift this year, it would be the gift of… YOU.
It would be the recognition that you are.
That’s it. You ARE. And that’s enough.
The fact that you are alive means you’re supposed to be here.
Just as you are.
You are making a difference.
Just as you are.
Read that again. Just. As. You. Are.
Why do we love It’s a Wonderful Life? We want what George Bailey got!
In your “successes”, in your “failures”, your joys and your pains. Somehow, someone is being affected in ways you have no idea.
When you smiled at the deli worker.
When you stopped to greet the neighbor and pet her dog.
When you thanked that Amazon delivery guy.
Not to mention all the times you laughed with your kids (sure you’ve yelled too, but there HAVE been ups) or helped your co-worker or listened to your friend – again.
YOU. ARE. Making a difference. Just by being …YOU.
If I could give you one gift, it’d be that. The ability to breathe and rest and know that you’re doing the best you can. Yes, there’s always room for growth. But grow from a place of acceptance for the you that wants to grow. Even more, a place of compassion for that self. The growth that comes out of that? You’d be unstoppable.
And by the way, that takes incredible strength and courage to practice self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-compassion. And it makes for leaders the world wants to follow. Because you’re so much more able to provide those things for others when you already have them within yourself.
I’ve been digging into self-compassion and the science of self-acceptance for a mini-course I’m creating. I’m really excited to share it with you soon (and it’ll be free so this isn’t a sales pitch).
In the meantime, let’s try to give ourselves a little gift of self-compassion as we close out 2020.
We’ve earned it!
P.S. ok. One more gift. Have you seen this? The God Who Sees. It’s a beautiful reminder of God’s compassion for us. On second thought, THAT’s the gift I’d give. If we really felt His total complete delight in us and compassion for us, it’d be tons easier to give it to ourselves, right? Take 12 minutes out of your day and check it out here. (Warning: it could cause “messy crying” as a friend recently reported after she watched it 😉).