The World Needs You

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I spread the message that knowing your Self is a massive component of accepting and loving you, because we can’t embody or express something that we don’t know.

And if we don’t know who we are, it’s not just us that suffers, it’s the world too.

Consider …

  • The powerful force that makes Beyoncé shine.
  • The brilliance in the artistic mind of Michelangelo.
  • The fortitude and generosity of José Andrés.
  • The tenacity of Aron Ralston.
  • The vision of Steve Jobs.
  • The courage of the Turpin children.
  • The compassion and kindness of the TSA agent described below.

I forgot about the rule preventing liquids in carry-on luggage, so when I hit security at the airport, I had to give up all my painting supplies. When I returned a week later, an attendant was at the baggage area with my paints. Not only had he kept them for me, but he’d looked up my return date and time in order to meet me.

—Marilyn Kinsella, Canmore, Canada

Imagine if each of these people were unable to accept who they are, and didn’t share their gifts, their essence, with the world?

No Lemonade, no Sistine Chapel, no World Central Kitchen. Less inspiration to keep going, no IPhones, and fewer reminders of our humanity and need to look out for and care for one another.

Each of these people are fundamentally just like you and me – human beings. And each of them has a beautiful set of gifts and inner workings and qualities that make them who they are. 

Just like you do.

You may not perform like Beyoncé or innovate like Steve Jobs, but you are, in fact, just as unique and important and purposefully made to be here, on this earth, at this time, with the people you’re surrounded by.

It’s not always easy, of course. Nor is it something that the people in your life will always appreciate or even understand (and we can talk about that, for sure).

But if you hold back from knowing you, you hold back from BEING you.

And when you hold back from being you, who are you being? How does that feel? What do you gain and what do you lose?

I wonder if you’ve thought of it this way, and what might change if you do.

Today, take a moment with your Self to sit in the question of how well you know who you are. And then, consider how much permission you give your Self to actually be that, to embody it, and to share it with the world.

We’d love to see you out here.

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