My husband and I were grocery shopping yesterday. That's a rare occurrence. Usually, it's just one of us navigating the aisles of the store. But yesterday was our first day back from vacation, and we had to return the rental car, so it just made sense to get the shopping done on the way home. We're so practical like that.
In the store, I saw this card. Normally, I'm not one to take a picture of a greeting card, but this one really struck a chord with me. First there's the lovely blue butterfly. My eye is instinctively drawn to anything that is electric blue in color, and the butterfly is a powerful symbol of transformation (my friend Teresa wrote a great article about butterflies and transformation here).
Then, there's that sentence. A sentence that bothers me in all the right ways. One of my core beliefs is that we all have a unique gift that we were put on this earth to share with our world. As a creative entrepreneur, sometimes it's easier to see that we have a gift. But in truth EVERYONE has a gift. We all have a Divine purpose, as far as I'm concerned. Too many of us, however, have that purpose smothered, buried, or otherwise silenced. We become like that masterpiece collecting dust in the attic that I've talked about before.
So my core belief says that everyone has something to share with the world and that all our gifts have value. My core belief says that the Divine doesn't make mistakes AND that we are a product of the choices we've made in our lives.
We are perfectly human and imperfectly Divine.
When you buy into the notions that you grew up with, you are choosing to see your world through that lens. And maybe you've got an Inner Critic that says you can do nothing right. Maybe you don't wrestle with an Inner Critic, but you've got toxic "friends" or "family" that have been inhibiting your growth. It's okay. Many of us do.
As a child, we're constrained by the views of those that are supposed to be our protectors and caretakers. Many of us (myself included) blindly bring those constraints into our adulthood simply because we didn't know we had a choice.
You always have a choice.
So today's post is more of a reminder than anything else. A reminder that you can always choose to think differently about your life, your situation, your circumstance. Sometimes unpopular is the right choice for you, even if it's the hard one to make. Sometimes the easy choice really is the best one. I've been learning this year that it doesn't always have to be difficult.
So will you choose to believe that you matter? That you make a difference (even when you can't see it)? That you have a purpose on this planet? Will you choose to step into your Divine purpose and fulfill it for your world.
Our world needs your voice.
Not the voice of your parents or the past, not your children or the future. Our world (and YOUR world) needs you. Right now. Not some second-rate version of someone else. We need a first-rate version of the perfectly human (and imperfectly Divine) YOU - in all your glory.
So bring it.
What are you willing to do about it?
If you want to learn how to connect your True Voice to your Right Audience, I invite you to consider our free mini-workshop called "Finding Your True Voice".