This week, like many times I post, I didn't have any particular topic in mind ahead of time, but I noticed a theme that kept coming into my days on the subject of not feeling like you're enough. The first thing was a documentary I had watched about mental health disorders, where many of these people's anxieties came from a place where they felt out of control, or that they weren't good enough in the eyes of others. Another piece of this subject came to me in a newsletter I follow from the company, Holstee. They created a compassion manifesto, which I really LOVE and wanted to share with you...
Holstee Manifesto - Compassion
You are enough.
You are not your job title.
You are not how many 'friends' or 'followers' you have.
You are not what you wear.
You are not your religion.
You are not the color of your skin.
You are not your parents.
You are not who you were as a child.
You are not your test scores or your achievements.
You are not the words others use to describe you.
You aren't even what you see in the mirror.
You are. And that is enough.
I talk more about this in my 5 minute video this week. I find that when I'm feeling like I'm not good enough or doing enough. It's not in moments when I'm following my heart or just living in the present. The thoughts come over me when I'm looking outward. When I feel like I'm not who my friends expect me to be. Or what other people expect me to do, or where I think I should be in my life instead of just trusting the process. It's when we are too rushed, or comparing what we think others think of us that causes anxiety, depression and just overall negative thoughts. It never comes from moments where we 'just are', in the present and from a place of acceptance. That's why I feel that it's important for us all to incorporate some things in our day that help us to stop and just be. Things like journaling, or meditating, or drawing, or sitting without any electronics having a cup of coffee. Even if it's just for 5-10 minutes it helps us to slow down and appreciate just being in the moment. If no one has told you lately, I don't care who you are or where you came from, but I want you to know that you are enough, just as you are. Nothing to change or fix in this moment. You are enough.