photo by Jenny Ingalls Nelson
Like most humans on the planet, I want people to like me. It feels good to be liked... but sometimes in the quest to be liked, we lose our beliefs. We grow quiet, we nod in agreement, we certainly don't speak up.
In a world that feels so big and sometimes scary, it can feel impossible to make a change, but the longer I live the more I realize that Michael Jackson had it right. Start with the (wo)man in the mirror. Live your beliefs.
I live these things in many ways. I volunteer, donate and vote, but perhaps most importantly, I make them known. I share my opinions...now, anyway.
While I have always volunteered, donated and voted to support my beliefs, that last one, making them known, is a somewhat recent development, and it has changed the world. It has shown me that people can kindly disagree and still love each other. It has shown me that my beliefs are valuable. Sharing my opinions has made me feel stronger, not weaker as I'd feared during the days of nodding and growing quiet.
It took some time to get here. I tend toward introversion and take a little time to warm up. Sure, I can speak to a group or teach a workshop, but my real comfort zone is the intimate group or one-on-one talk. In these settings, I'm rarely shy about my opinions...now.
Getting back to Michael Jackson, what do you see when you look in the mirror? How are you changing the world? Are you living your beliefs or nodding in agreement?
Thanks for being on this journey with me.