I just finished a run, inspired and full of love. Many times I use running as a mechanism for inspiration. Inspiration pours through me and into me as I move my body. Perspiration for inspiration! (I’m going to copy right that!)
I listened to Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as I ran on Mercy and Forgiveness. It is about a lawyer, Bryan Stevenson, who helps free people from death row. He said a quote that really resonated with me…”It is only when they can stand on higher ground, I can stand on higher ground.”
I stopped mid stride to write that quote down as goose bumps went up and down my body. I consider this a truth.
I don’t work with death row inmates, one day I hope to. I work with every day people. I work with the moms who are struggling with their identity, the recent graduates who struggle with the expectation that life/society has put on them, athletes tapping into their potential, former athletes who are redefining themselves, the men who want to be emotionally vulnerable and accepted, people who are questioning identity, who they are, and their purpose. I work with women who have been shamed for their bodies and struggle with body image. I work with people who struggle with confidence and self-worth. Teens who are trying to fit in, do what is right, and explore who they are all at the same time. And, everyone in between. (If you haven’t found yourself in one of these statements, then please reach out to me you, unicorn, you!)
Listening to that podcast, what stood out to me was this:
We are all in it. We all have to do the work. When one of us does the work and shares it, we uplift the others around us. When we talk about our stories, our struggles, our triumphs, we are telling the world not to be ashamed. We are telling each other to persevere.We are not the mistakes we’ve made. We may have made mistakes, but we are not a mistake. We are not our successes. Our worth is not based on scale number, age, income, or how many houses you have. It is not how much you can squat or deadlift or how fast you can run a mile. It is not how good you look in a bikini or how many likes you have on your Facebook page. We are good. We are love. We are enough. We are worthy. We are human. As we accept that, as we work through our limitations and stories, we move to higher ground. We can only stay at higher ground if we help those around us move to higher ground. We are all connected and in this life together. Our only advancement happens together.
How do we do that?
Be kind. Share your journey. Do a random act of kindness. Listen to someone’s story. Offer compassion and grace. Learn who you are. Accept who you are. Be open to being wrong and seeing the world through different eyes. Get curious. Ask questions. Love without condition. Forgive, because you deserve it. When you get, give. Love yourself.
Action steps to take today:
- Seek to understand before being understood. Look at some conflict in your life and begin asking questions. Can you have compassion and see their point of view? What needs of theirs and yours is not being met?
- Talk to a stranger. Listen to their story, ask questions, be open.
- Share your story with someone.
- Ask for help.
- Meditate for 5-10 minutes.
- Journal about your experiences of the day. What are you learning in life right now?
- Write yourself a love letter.
On this Monday, how can you stand on higher ground and how can you help other’s do the same? As a community, we can stand higher together.
Peace, Love, and Amity,