There is this truth- it’s not a new truth, just an old friend- that I keep coming back to again and again: we can be no more than or no less than our self.
It’s so simple- each of feels called to be a certain someone in this world, and we are the only ones who can realize that path. At the same time it is so hard to realize that path, because there are so many levels of influence in our lives who tell us about who and what we should be.
But what I keep finding is that while we can pull values and ideas and attributes into ourselves inspired by others, they have to resonate with who we are, and we have to make them our own. Try and live somebody else’s truth or value system or vision for your life, and you will gradually notice how out of alignment you feel… and when things are out of alignment they tend to crack or malfunction or go in an off-course direction until we travel so far away from our self, we almost forget how to return home.
It is an old friend, this truth. One I run into time and time again every time I feel like- because person A over there is doing things a certain way, perhaps I should be too. Or because person B believes something, maybe I should too. Or because person C has accomplished this with their life, perhaps I should too. Comparison is a mighty seductress and suction cup of energy, and it is incredibly difficult to cast off the layers of who and what and everybody else- this world is ripe with influence and advice and people wiling to tell you how to live your life.
But at the end of the day, it is my own face I stare into in that mirror, and I am constantly reminded that regardless of what others are doing, I am the only one who knows my own requirements of soul, the only one who can actualize the seeds of the person I’m created to be. And in those still quiet moments of self, I return to my truth, and remember:
That on any given day, if we are doing life the best we know how, if we are trying to be ourselves the best we know how, if we are engaging with this whole “being human thing” the best WE know how.
It is enough. I am enough. You are enough. We are enough.
Just as we are.