When we are young we believe in all sorts of silly things. We believe Santa's cookie and milk engorged stomach can fit down the chimney for instance, we also seem to believe the Cadbury Bunny lays delectable creme filled chocolate eggs and, best of all, we believe that adults have EVERYTHING figured out, leading us to say things like, "When I grow up, I'm going to buy my OWN cadbury bunny so I can have chocolate eggs whenever I want!" and other generally outlandish things.
As an adult (or something like one) I have now realized that, in fact, grown ups know next to nothing and that we are all just doing our best to figure things out one days at a time. To be fair that is dramatic... I feel like Oprah has it pretty figured out. Oprah and Deepak Chopra... Deepak Chopra and Rob Bell... people who know they don't have it figured out but are ok with it so in the end they DO have it figured out... does that make sense?
As is with much of my life, inspiration comes from quotes I read or hear or eves drop on (don't judge). I wish I were a person who had a filofax in my brain that I could go through to recall a wise phrase or beautiful passage, my friend Becky is and it is amazing, she could quote you almost anything at any time(no joke), I just resort to putting things on pintrest or jotting quotes in a note book (that I will inevitably forget about); point being, I read a quote this morning that struck me-
"I've never met a strong person with an easy past" -Atticus
OHHH SO GOOD! Right!? Fuck.
The reason Oprah, Deepak, Robby B and so many others embody such strength (and wisdom, and good juju) is that they have gone through it! They have seen and felt and done life. They have gone through the darkness and come out the other side. Their stories are powerful because they are true and honest and full of light. A light which is strong, radiant and hopeful- because if they can survive the hardship, you can too (I can too, which is why I'm writing this... obvs).
Heres the thing. I, like Liam Neeson in Taken, possess a certain set of skills. Up until about a year ago I think that skill set included being a world champion digger, so that I could bury my emotions deep down inside, a brilliantly cloaked chameleon who matched peoples expectations, wants, needs, and desires perfectly and a master compartmentalist, everything and everyone in it's place so I could take and leave things as needed (or so I thought). The thing is, those skills also make you a master of 'going around' your own life, instead going through it.
Today my mantra is "I am strong, I am courageous"... I long for "spinal fortitude" as Rob often says and do you know something? I think it's working.
What will be your mantra? Ask yourself what you need from today. Do you need strength? Grace? Courage?
What ever it is, know that you have it inside, even if it is buried deep down (I'm a world class digger after all, perhaps it is time I put those skills to better use).