True belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance. Brene Brown
This was a quote we were asked to refect upon and write about yesterday, in the latest meeting of the Flourish Group with Anne Heffron and Pam Cordano. I wrote very little accept to say, “yes 100% and I have been working on it for the past 30 years, but especially in the past 10-20”. I hope that instead of coming from a place of anger and aggression, I now come from a place of diplomacy and assertiveness. I can state my stance on things, knowing that I am being true to my-self, because I have worked through a lot of who I was, based on someone else’s expectations of me, and who they wanted me to be. I like to think that I am true to my authentic self.
My real is not your real of me, my husband’s real, my daughter’s real, or my friends real. They have their own version of real. I don’t compare myself to their real, as they have their own sacred contracts that they made when they came earthside. I have my sacred contract which, now I recognise it, makes perfect sense, and makes my life perfectly real. A perspective that only this real experience can give me. I have accepted that thsi is part of the real deal and relish it, and grow in it spiritually, and as I do so, thsoe around me get to see the real joy, the Joy that was hidden underneath the layers of hurt and pain, like a diamond hidden in the ground away from the light. Formed under pressure, it required intense pressure to form it and hardwork to reveal it, to expose it, for it to dazzle in the sunlight.
I am a diamond.
Blessings and Joy, Joy