During the night I received a message or three. All of them said the same thing. 'We are more than what we do'. I was asked to think about this and consider how I would portray this to everyone. Argghh!
I started the picture with my labels and photo. Well, that was the easy part over and done with. Now I had to work out what it was I knew about myself, my truths. This was the most difficult part of the process! I couldn't understand why it was so hard to think about me in this way. We are all taught not to 'blow our own horn' as children, and this felt a lot like showing off. I began to think of all the parts of me I liked, and the ones that I didn't like to think about. It took me a long time to get past the first few easy words, like stubborn and compassionate. I asked friends and family for other words to describe the divine being that lived within me. Some of the words they chose surprised me, others were connected to my fear of believing I could actually be that! It has taken me about a week to finish this project, to know deep within my soul that each and every word applies to me. When I look at it now I notice there are many more words that describe me than there are 'labels'. The funny thing is that now I've finished it, I can think of other words I forgot. Seeing them in print has made me acknowledge all of who I am - the good, the bad and the amazing!
Creating this picture has helped me realise how much more there is to any of us. Some people only see one side of us, or several 'parts' of us that, all too often, we only allow them to see.
Today, I'd like you to look past your labels and think of all the words that apply to you as well. Ask for help from friends, family and workmates if you want. When you are done, look at yourself through new eyes, see you as everyone else sees you and know you are magnificent in every sense of the word. You are so much more than who you appear in the mirror or what you do. We all are!
This is such an empowering thing to do. Let's get to know ourselves better....and once we do, lets celebrate that awe-inspiring being within us!
with love, respect and integrity