You’re not here to play small
Be wise and adult enough to read past the (softened) cuss word to the point of this quote…
You’re here to be you.
You’re here to bring what you bring without a dimmer switch.
Like I always say; people can buy shades and sit quietly in a back row if they can’t handle your brilliance.
Don’t dim your light, volume, passion, knowing or purpose for anyone.
If things get tough, be tougher…
If folk want to mould you into mild, walk away and rise and rise and rise.
You’re not here to play small.
Small does the world a disservice.
Live in all your bones,
live out loud,
own your life.
We need your light like we need the sun.
You’re an essential part of life.
Nobody is a nobody.
YOU ARE someone.
Someone who’s meant to be here.
Someone who makes a difference.
Someone who’s allowed.
You are enough.
I’m so glad you’re here.
Forward we go,
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So that nothing is wasted
Adversity and suffering will carve you…
let the right things flow in the hollows it leaves so it does not also shrink you.
I see you.
“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in”
That stuff ain’t pretty
Hush to the folks who house their minds in small rooms with no light.
Those with dogged opinions and aggressive ideals… this is your cue to take a look at your own humanity and heart, instead of dishing out stale barbed wire, judgement bile.
That stuff ain’t pretty and it grows nobody, including you.
For those impacted by the shrunken ones, let me assure you not to be dismayed or discouraged if your well intentioned efforts, support or beliefs are mocked or attacked.
It’s that sadly familiar, repetitive, and often ‘learned’ behaviour for some folk to be negative and fearful in the face of someone else’s beliefs, victory or stance.
Don’t waste time or energies looking at those throwing stones from glass houses.
Your purpose and passion is a much stronger force, and it’s moving in the right direction.
Keep your eyes forward and your head high.
And as John Lydgate said…
“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.
Don’t divvy up your soul trying to please or appease all.
Keep on steering…
You were born to become YOU.
Footwear, roles or people, if they hurt you they’re not your size.
Live out loud.
You have a right to be here and you matter.
You CAN do something
Be a light for others.
It’s all good and well to post memes and quotes about right action and helping others less fortunate or capable…
But it’s another thing to take action and actually help.
No dollar is too small, only the one not given.
No kind word is useless except for the one not spoken.
No donation of clothing, socks or blankets goes unnoticed except for those shivering on the streets or in poverty without receiving them.
Anything you give matters to the one in desperate need of it.
Memes alone don’t keep people warm, they don’t protect children or donate on your behalf.
Please take the small amount of time it takes to ACT on the topics you talk and post about.
There are so many ways you CAN make a real difference, right now.
BE for others the hands you’d want most in your life if it were your time in need.
There is no separation, no “other people’s children” or “other people’s struggle”
You can’t do it all but you can do something.
Do that something now.
Together, giving what we can, where we can, we stand for all.
Be your integrity not a meme of it.
Being alive is the right moment
Biggest ticket of all is this one called your life.
Have you sat yourself front row with a window…
or have you scooched down the back and folded yourself in between others, where you always have to check with someone else before you stand up?
Have you put yourself in a position where you’re afraid to move too much in case it bothers somebody else?
What are you doing with your ticket?
Stumbling about at ground zero because you’ve become too focused on limitations and idle thoughts that have become records that now play you?
You don’t need to wait for the right moment.
Thinking your life is something that happens later, is a scam.
Being alive is the right moment.
And now is the time to grab it.
And if you were waiting for permission or a sign to know if you’re ‘allowed’ to live out loud in all your bones, here it is;
If you’re breathing then you are worthy and wanted on this planet by life itself.
Breathing is your permission slip.
Now go out and use that ticket.
Existing is like opting for sawdust at a banquet.
It makes my heart wild happy to see you out there owning your life.
This is how we lift the world.
This is how we evolve.
A miracle ticket.
Own your life.
This world needs your light.
What are you going to do with all that dark?
Find a way to glow in it…
Because that’s what you do in the dark, you find the light…
you find the smallest speck and you grow it…
and then you exude that light,
and then you shine it everywhere so that others can find the light inside themselves,
and realise their fierce right to own it.
Anyone who wants to complain can wear shades in the back row.
Whoever wants you to play small, is too small for you.
This world needs your light.
Learn to read them
Emotions and feelings are guideposts, important messengers.
They’re really the answers within you, every time.
They’re a built in compass that save you enormous time, money, effort and energy.
Many people try to avoid uncomfortable feelings like the plague.
They want them to go away or be ‘fixed’ but the truth is…
emotions are there for a powerful reason, and their enormous worth and value are all too often overlooked.
It’s like turning down a valuable gift that you really need…
all because you don’t like the packaging.
But the quicker you get the packaging off, the quicker you uncover the gifts and are able to use them.
When you lean into the feeling instead, and listen to it,
you become more empowered,
Because you find out exactly what’s going on.
Emotions will tell you where you’re depleted or weakened,
and what needs changing.
They’ll tell you if a boundary of yours has been compromised,
and what steps and decisions you need to make.
The additional bonus is you get to know yourself in ways you never knew before.
This leads to greater empowerment, clarity and groundedness.
It makes you much less likely to be tripped up and waylaid by someone else’s ideas of what you need.
It gets you in tune with your own inner compass.
It gets you moving from stuck… to momentum.
Pay attention to your feelings and lean in…
You WERE born with a compass,
and your emotions are a big part of the instructions.
Learn to read them.
Never dim your light for anyone
Never dim your light for anyone.
Be the lighthouse that you are.
It’s light that helps others navigate dark seas.
Roll the dice a hundred and one
It’s ultimately not about losing or winning, it’s casting your roll again and again.
That’s where you’ll find yourself breathing the fullest, that’s where you find yourself living out loud.
No matter what happens, get up and roll again…
As Rumi said – “Your life has been a mad gamble.
Make it more so.
You have lost now a hundred times running.
Roll the dice a hundred and one.”
Don’t stay in one repeat episode
These moments are your life…
Live them in new ways…
Climb out the other side of the bed each morning.
Don’t reach for your phone right away, let your soul come back all the way first.
Notice small things, kneel in the garden, the park, watch the tiny worlds living amongst the grass.
Remember how your heart beats for you each day, take deep breaths in return.
Work in a different room or corner of your home.
If you don’t work or you work for someone else, carry a stone or scrap of paper in your pocket with something valuable written on it.
It can be a quote,
Remember your world is bigger than 4 walls and it calls to you.
Love the miracle of being here, alive, playing yourself for a short time on this magnificent stage.
Love your character.
Write it new lines.
Remember to let it laugh, weep, dance, fall down, get up, love.
Think outside the old lines.
Don’t stay in one repeat episode.
This day isn’t a rehearsal for something ‘better’ up ahead.
Walk into new rooms, make new chapters.
Own your moments, your life is made of these.
Our time here is brief.
Live it wild, w i d e, open and deep.